To make classic Georgia sweet tea, microwave about 4 cups of water and 2 family-size tea bags in a microwave-safe bowl until the water boils, remove the tea bags without squeezing them, combine the tea with 1 1/2 cups of sugar in a large glass pitcher, and fill the pitcher with cool water. Pour the tea over ice, and serve with lemon.
Classic Georgia sweet tea and classic Southern sweet tea are the same, except that the former is typically sweeter than the latter, according to AmazingRibs.com, which features a recipe of its own. For the AmazingRibs.com recipe, boil 1/2 gallon of water, turn off the heat, and add 4 family-size teabags or 8 regular-size tea bags.
Steep for five to seven minutes. Remove the teabags without squeezing them. Add 1 cup of granulated sugar to the tea, and stir the brew until the sugar dissolves. Refrigerate the tea for at least 12 hours. Serve it over ice cubes with lemon wedges. Garnish with mint leaves.
A recipe for sweet tea from Southern Living magazine requires boiling 1 quart of distilled or bottled water, then placing 12 regular-size tea bags and 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda in a large, heatproof glass pitcher. Pour the water into the pitcher, and steep the tea bags for five to seven minutes. Remove the tea bags without squeezing.
Stir in 1 quart of ice cubes until they melt. Add 1 1/4 cups of simple syrup, and serve the tea over ice.