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How to Make Southern-Style Sweet Tea

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Sweet tea is a popular iced drink in the southern United States. This guide will show you how to make your own version to enjoy on those warm summer days.
What you'll need: 
2 teabags
1/3 cup (approx. 85g) granulated sugar
1 ½ cups (375ml) boiling water
4 cups (1 litre) cold water
A pinch of sodium bicarbonate
Ice cubes
A 2-litre jug
1: 
Boil 1 ½ cups of water in a kettle or on the hob.
2: 
Pour the sugar into a mug.
3: 
When the water has boiled, pour it over the sugar and stir until completely dissolved.
4: 
Add the teabags and allow them to steep for 15 minutes.
5: 
Remove the teabags and pour the hot tea into the jug.
6: 
Add the sodium bicarbonate and stir. This will help to eliminate a bitter flavour.
7: 
Fill the jug with cold water and ice cubes to the 1.75-litre level.
8: 
For best results, refrigerate until ice cold. The tea can, however, be served immediately if desired.
Tips: 
For an extra twist, try adding a squeeze of lemon or use your favourite fruity tea, such as raspberry.
For weaker tea, reduce the time needed for steeping.
If the recipe is too sweet for your liking, adjust the amount of sugar accordingly.
Warnings: 
If using a plastic jug that is not heat-proof, do not pour the hot tea straight into the jug. Instead, add some of the cold water to the container first before pouring in the hot liquid.

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