Tea Totalin’

I have people ask me all the time how I make my tea. The funniest part of this is that I don’t drink tea, so I have no base line for a taste test. Regardless, it seems to be a hit, and I’m happy to share. 

Before anything else, I fill my kettle and set on the stove to boil.


I scoop three scoops (a little less than 3/4 cup) of sugar into the bottom of the pitcher. 


Then I throw tea bags on top of the sugar. I use black tea, and I prefer the tagless tea bags.


When I buy the regular sized ones, they come with two “stuck” together; the family sized bags are one bag with the same amount of tea. I use five family sized bags or ten regular sized bags per pitcher (five sets of the ones pictured). 

Once the water is boiling, I pour it into the pitcher and stir to dissolve the sugar. 


I let it steep until it is almost back to room temperature. Then I use a slotted wooden spoon to squeeze excess liquid out of the tea bags before throwing them away. I stir again and fill the pitcher the rest of the way with water. Super simple, and from what I’m told, good. 


  • Fill kettle and boil water on stove top 
  • Pour just shy of 3/4 cup sugar into pitcher
  • Add 10 small or 5 large tea bags to pitcher
  • Pour boiling water into pitcher 
  • Stir
  • Allow to steep until almost cool 
  • Add water to pitcher to fill 
  • Stir 
  • Refrigerate and enjoy!


  1. They are a generic brand that I have only been able to find at HEB (Texas grocery store). I believe it's called EconoFamily. It's a blue box with yellow writing.

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