In the summer time, there is always a pitcher of iced tea ready to pour in my kitchen. It's the house wine of Sassafras House and I drink it all day long. Mostly, I drink unsweetened tea but sometimes the day calls for a little sweet tea. I'm not a fan of stirring the sugar in after the tea is made because it just doesn't dissolve very well. Rather than make a whole new pitcher of sweet tea, I just keep a jar of simple syrup in the the fridge.
Mixed into a glass of tea, simple syrup dissolves easily. Lately, the simple syrup I am stirring up has mint in it, which means sweet tea with mint or a mint julep is an option at the end of the hot day.
To make simple syrup, mix 1 part water with 1 part sugar and bring it to a boil on medium high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. I usually make two cups of simple syrup at a time, so that entails 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of cold water.
With this syrup on hand, there's always a cold glass of sweet tea at your fingertips. If that doesn't make summer sweeter, I don't know what does.