So, here it is...the secret recipe for perfect sweet tea - every time.
Put a quart of water on the stove to boil.
Meanwhile, put 1-1/2 cups of sugar in your gallon pitcher.
When the water begins to boil, pour it over the sugar, and give it a stir to dissolve it all.
Add about another half of a quart of water, so you have 1/2 gallon of water in your pitcher.
Steep 7 tea bags in your water for 3 minutes (longer if you like stronger tea). Add ice until your pitcher is full. Pour yourself a big glass, and ENJOY! :)