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Milo's Famous Sweet Tea


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Milo Carlton opened the first Milo’s Hamburger Shop in Brirmingham, Alabama in 1946 serving hamburgers, pies and freshly brewed iced tea which customers would sweeten from a bowl of sugar on each table. But because of a sugar ration caused by the war, Milo was forced to do something no one had tried before: he took all the sugar bowls off of the tables and pre-sweetened the tea. When customers realized the tea was better than they could make themselves Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea became as popular as the food.

In the late 80’s, Milo’s began selling the Famous Sweet Tea in gallon jugs in grocery stores in the Birmingham area, and it has been a growing successful product ever since, recently becoming a national brand.

To duplicate a Southern sweet tea like this, you absolutely must start with Southern tea bags, and that means Luzianne. This New Orleans tea company crafts its tea blend especially for iced tea. You will get the best clone of Southern-style sweet tea with this brand. If you can’t find Luzianne, you can still make great tea with Lipton Iced Tea Bags.

Check out more of my recipes for famous drinks here. 

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  • 4 Luzianne family size iced tea bags
  • 8 cups boiling water
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 8 cups cold water
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      Milo's
    • Instructions
      1. Bring 8 cups of water to a boil in a 2- to 3-quart saucepan over high heat.

      2. When water is thoroughly boiling turn off the heat, add the tea bags and cover. Allow the tea to steep for exactly 15 minutes then remove the bags. Stir in sugar until it is dissolved.

      3. Pour the cold water into a pitcher that holds 1 gallon.

      4. Add the warm tea to the cold water and stir. Chill for several hours, until cold, before serving over ice.

      Makes 1 gallon.
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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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