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Sweet Tea

Sweet Tea

Serves: 4

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4 cups water
1 family-size tea bag
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Mint sprigs 
Lemon slices


In a medium pot, bring 3 cups water to boil. Remove from heat, add the tea bag and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bag and add the sugar; stir until dissolved. Add 1 cup cold water and chill in the refridgerator until cool. 

Serve the tea over ice, garnished with mint and lemon.


Per serving: 106 calories (percent of calories from fat, 0), trace protein, 26 grams carbohydrates, trace fiber, no fat, no cholesterol, 10 milligrams sodium.

About the recipe

Yes, you can make tea just like Mary Mac's. But unless you're sitting elbow-to-elbow at a cloth-covered table in the fabled dining room with a plate of fried chicken or fried green tomatoes in front of you, it probably won't taste the same, admits general manager Michael Fuhrman.
Although their preparation is pretty standard, there is one distinguishing feature, Fuhrman said. "Ours is the sweetest sweet tea that I've tasted," he said. "We actually tried to cut back a little, but people complained."

This Mary Mac's formula appears in "Mary Mac's Tea Room: Stories and Recipes from Atlanta's Classic Southern Kitchen" (Looking Glass Books, 2005) by Rebecca Lang, with recipes by original owner Margaret Lupo and current owner John Ferrell.

If the tea gets cloudy in the refrigerator, add a little boiling water and stir.

Recipe courtesy of Mary Mac's Tea Room in Atlanta, Ga.