There is nothing more refreshing to me than a glass of Iced Tea. Lipton is my brand of choice and being from the south, make mine sweet. But, not so sweet that it can stand up by itself. My mom taught me to brew tea, the same way her mom did I'm sure. I still brew mine the same way, but I have cut down on the sugar content.
Cutting back on the sugar had to be done slowly over time. The first cut back was from 2 cups of sugar per gallon to about 1 3/4 cups per gallon. My husband noticed straight away. "This isn't as sweet". I didn't go back and add more, I just made the excuse that I must have let it steep too long and got too strong. After a couple of weeks, our taste adjusted and it was time to cut back again. This time down to 1 1/2 cups of sugar. The cycle continued until we were down to 1 cup of sugar per gallon of tea.
If tried to cut back even more, but I think I've even reached my stopping point. (I still like my tea sweet.) What I have noticed though is the way restaurant tea is now too sweet for us. We have both learned to order our tea half and half.
No, I've not noticed a difference in my waist line, but that wasn't the point anyway. The side affects are positive, soft drinks are now too sweet as well. There are very few that are even appealing anymore.
So, make mine Iced Tea, but not too sweet.
Heritage Quilter, and Iced Tea drinker