If you are from the south, or know anyone who is, you've probably heard about this thing called sweet tea. And if you are from the south, but have moved out west where sweet tea is hard to come by, you learn every single spot you can find it (there are only two, by the way.)

When you're raised in the south, knowing how to make a good batch of sweet tea is a requirement. My grandmama taught my mama, and my mama taught me. It's one of those little things that is passed down from generation to generation. ;) There's something about it that feels like home. A cold glass of sweet tea takes me back to summertime, Sunday dinners, and family gatherings. Now I know y'all are all wanting to know how to create this sweet southern mixture, so lean in real close and I'll let you in on the family's secret recipe...

1 gallon pitcher
4 tea bags
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 lemon or lime - optional

1. Boil 7-8 cups of water.
2. Drop in 4 tea bags (I use Lipton because it's a classic.) and let steep for 12-15 minutes.
3. Pour the tea into your pitcher and mix in 1 cup of sugar. Mix well.
4. Finish filling the pitcher with cold water and place in the refrigerator to chill.
5. Pour yourself a glass, add a slice of lemon or lime, and grab a seat on the porch in your favorite rocking chair. 

Are you a sweet tea drinker, or is it just a bit too much for you? What drink is a staple in your family? Tell me in the comments!