Everyone knows sweet tea is the South’s version of water. When I moved to Texas and began to discover how uncommon sweet tea is here, it was a little shocking. My husband consumes it like he is drinking water. I brew sweet tea at home since it is a way to save money, it has less chemicals and it tastes better. However, when you make your own brew, there is a challenge you may encounter. Lipton, or Luzianne? Each have its share of cult followers, but which one is really the best? I decided to conduct my own experiment.
I think first, we need to back up for a second….where did sweet tea come from? Has it always been served over ice?
Let’s start with Lipton. Lipton tea is a British tea brand founded by Sir Thomas Lipton in the late 1800’s when he decided to purchase his own Ceylon tea garden. Luzianne on the other hand is known as THE Southern brand of sweet tea. Similar to Sir Thomas Lipton, William Reily began selling tea products at the turn of the century under the brand Luzianne in his store based in Louisiana. Iced tea was first introduced at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis…..iced sweet tea was considered to be a luxury due to the higher cost of ice and tea and in my book, still is. Especially since it is so hard to find out here in Texas. Ok, ok, so I know you have been dying to know…Luzianne or Lipton. Well, the answer is…it depends. First of all, if your family has been loyal to one or the other there is no point in switching now. Both brands include the same type of tea in their tea bags, Orange Pekoe and Pekoe tea leaves. Luzianne sells family size tea bags, so that is helpful in not having to use as many tea bags, and produces less waste. I would say from a taste perspective Lipton may be a hint smoother, while Luzianne has a slightly stronger tea flavor. If you are a new home tea brewer, then I recommend you buy both brands and test out which one you like better for yourself. If you want a recipe to get you started keep scrolling…it is below for you.
Southern Sweet Tea
1 Half Gallon of Water
1 ¼ Cup of Sugar
Bring a half gallon of water to a boil. Remove from heat and place tea bags in hot water. Brew for 4 to 4 ½ minutes. Remove tea bags and stir in 1 ¼ cups of sugar with a wooden spoon. (Don’t use plastic….it’s just not right) Let cool, and transfer to a pitcher. Store in fridge.
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