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There is nothing more Southern than classic sweet tea and you can make it a lot of different ways but most classic sweet tea is made with simple syrup. A lot of alcoholic beverages are made with simple syrup, too. You can make this syrup up and store it in the refrigerator for up to a month to use in your favorite drinks.

Simple Syrup:

2 cups white granulated sugar

2 cups water

Combine and heat on medium on stove until sugar is dissolved.  Store in refrigerator.  Makes about 3 cups. You can double this or make as much as you like.

Classic Sweet Tea:

2 family sized tea bags

7 cups water, divided

1 cup simple syrup (you can add more or less to suit your taste)


Bring 4 cups water to boil on stove. Remove and pour over 2 family sized tea bags. Let steep for 5 to 7 minutes.  Remove tea bags and add 3 more cups water and 1 cup simple syrup.  Pour over ice and enjoy classic sweet tea.  Makes 8 cups

Kentucky Mint Julep:

Mint leaves

Simple Syrup

Kentucky bourbon


Place 3 or 4 mint leave in bottom of glass and add an ounce of simple syrup.  Use a wooden spoon handle to crush or mash the leaves into the syrup. Fill glass with crushed ice and add 2 ounces of Kentucky bourbon. Can add a little water if you want to cut it some. Garnish with mint and Enjoy! Makes 1 mint julep.

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