Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Recipe: Wendy's Sweet Tea

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Serves four (20 oz. each)
Cost per serving: $0.18

8 black tea bags
7 tablespoons sugar
10 cups water
Special equipment:
Heat proof pitcher (no flimsy plastic or lightweight glass - use a metal pot if you're not sure)

Making sweet tea hardly requires a recipe, but in researching the drink I discovered dozens of different methods (some even include baking soda!) so here’s how I do it.


Boil 5 cups of water. Remove from heat. Add eight tea bags to a heat proof pitcher and pour the water over the bags (or just add the bags to the water if you boiled it in a pot.) Let steep 10 minutes.

Remove the tea bags from of the water and mix in the sugar while the water is still hot. The sweet tea Wendy’s serves has 25 grams of sugar in a 20 oz. serving. That’s about two shy tablespoons, and the amount you’ll need for four servings is almost exactly 7 full tablespoons. But since you’re doing it yourself, feel free to add less if you prefer!

Add five more cups of room temperature water and chill for at least two hours. Serve with ice!

Cooking for One

The recipe is easy enough to divide by four, but why wouldn't you want a whole pitcher of sweet tea waiting for you every time you open the fridge?


  1. YUM. That makes me want a burger right now.

  2. I like the blog layout. Where did you get that rad picture of the burger with the chef hat and spatula?

  3. Thanks! I bought it on istockphoto.com. Way better than anything I was going to come up with myself!

  4. i bet that Margaritaville could whip up a delicious organic Frosty!!

  5. Does Wendy's still serve sweet tea? ???