~When I was growing up the Georgia woods just west of Atlanta, we always had a pitcher of sweet tea in the fridge. It was actually part of the daily doings; to be sure that pitcher was never empty. At some point in the eighties we switched from sugar to saccharine tablets( eeewww) and that eventually helped me develop my disdain for all beverages "diet", heck I can't even use saccharine toothpaste as an adult.
However being blessed with impeccable resume in the service industry I found my way back to sweet tea years ago. Sweet Tea might even be one of the reasons I wrangled me a Texas boy's heart. I find my self making sure that tea stained plastic gallon pitcher is never empty just for him the way I used to do for my daddy and it brings a little joy to my heart.
one gallon pitcher
6 family style tea bags( I use lipton usually)
1-2 cups sugar
bring 2 quarts of water to a boil.
Steep tea bags in hot water at least 15 min
add sugar 1-2 c sugar to pitcher ( more /less to your taste) I just eyeball this
add hot tea to sugar and stir fill rest of pitcher with cold water or ice if you want it cold in a hurry
We drink our tea with lemon 'round here. Actually we use lemonade and make Arnold Palmers . everyday,everyday,everyday....