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!

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