McDonald's Sweet Tea copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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McDonald's Sweet Tea

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I know, it's just tea. Tea and sugar, plain and simple—probably the easiest recipe on earth. But I had been getting so many requests to clone the McDonald's sweet tea recipe that I figured it's time for a hack. All you'll need to clone tea like Mickey D's are a few standard-size Lipton tea bags and a way to boil 2 quarts of water. There's a whole cup of sugar in there, so this tea is pretty sweet if you drink it straight. McDonald's serves the real stuff from a room-temperature jug into a cup filled to the top with ice. This will dilute the tea in just a few minutes so that it's not so crazy-sweet.

Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 2 quarts water
  • 3 Lipton tea bags (standard size)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
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      1. Bring the water to a boil over high heat.

      2. When the water hits a rolling boil, take it off the heat, add the tea bags, and cover the saucepan. Allow the tea to steep tea for 1 hour, and then remove the tea bags.

      3. Add 1 cup of sugar to a 2-quart pitcher, then add the tea. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Pour the tea into a glass filled with ice to serve.

      Makes 2 quarts.

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josh k
Jul 11, 2016, 22:00

I used to work at McDonald's. And they do indeed just use Lipton tea bags and brew it in big metal machine. When it was done they added a big bag of sugar and its done. I'm about to make a big pot of this worken in the kitchen on a hot day. Should hit the spot�� thanks.

Apr 11, 2016, 22:00

Tastes just like the original, and works with green tea with 30 minutes of steeping time!

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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