Scooty Bumpkin's Sweet Soul Tea

Life is just a whole lot sweeter with a cold glass of Sweet "Soul" Tea.  Now it depends on how sweet you like it, but this is the way my mama used to make it.

Ingredients:

Simple Syrup:

5 cups sugar
3 cups cold water


 

Directions:

Add tea bags to 1 quart water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Make sure it gets really hot and bubbly. As soon as you get the tea bags in, the water may act like it's about to boil over. Just add the tea bags in with one hand, and then take the pot off the stove with the other. That way the hot bubbles have a chance to stir the tea up a bit,

Getting them off to a good brewing start.  Cover the pot and let the tea steep for as long as possible Strain tea into pitcher of room temperature water

It will be good in 20 minutes, but even better in an hour or two. Then strain the "tea syrup" (that's what it Mama called when made this way) into your gallon-sized pitcher and fill with room temperature water, making sure to gently squeeze the tea bags to get as much tea as possible into the water. Sweeten with simple syrup.

Sweet "Soul" Tea is ready! Just pour into a glass or canning jar filled with ice and serve. Add a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint and your hittin’ on all 8 cylinders!!!

Sweet "Soul" Tea will keep in the fridge for several days, but unlike unsweetened tea, it's really only good for about 2 days. After that, it's time to make a fresh batch!   Simple syrup will keep refridgerated for two weeks in a tightly stored container.

For simple syrup, in a small non-reactive pot combine 5 cups of sugar and 3 cups of cold water. Slowly bring to a boil and add 6 sliced lemons and a few sprigs of fresh mint. Remove from heat. Allow to cool 10 minutes and strain.
8-10 tea bags, any kind you like. I use Luzianne or Lipton Iced Tea Brew)
1-quart hot water
1-quart room temperature water
6 lemons
sprigs of mint

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