In a brewing back-and-forth competition, the town of Summerville in South Carolina, USA has reclaimed its record for the Largest iced tea after Lipton achieved the record less than a year ago.
On National Iced Tea Day, Summerville held a “Record-Smashing Tea Party” in which the town unveiled a massive Mason jar, filled with 2,524 U.S. gallons (9,554 liters) of iced tea and successfully broke the record.
The ginormous sweet tea was brewed using 210 pounds of loose leaf tea and 1,700 pounds of sugar.
Sweet iced tea is a staple in the American south. Summerville declares itself to be the “Birthplace of Sweet Tea,” after a discovered provision list from the 1800s included large quantities of sugar and tea acquired from the town. Since then, the town has set up a “Sweet Tea Trail,” where visitors can enjoy the delicious beverage while strolling along a chosen path of local shops.
The record for the largest iced tea has passed through several hands over the past few years.
First held by the restaurant chain Chick-fil-A in 2010 with a 912 U.S. gallon (3,452 liters) iced tea, the record was then smashed by Summerville in 2015 with 1,452 U.S. gallons (5,394 liters).
Merely months later, Lipton stealthily took the title with a 2,204 gallon (8,343 liters) display of the popular drink.
However, Summerville refused to be conquered, and has now successfully reclaimed its title with a colossal jar of the savored drink.
Will Summerville be able to hold on to this Guinness World Records title? Only time will be able to tell if the record for the largest iced tea will stay in the “Birthplace of Sweet Tea.”