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Recipe: Southern Sweet Iced Tea

I have had a couple people ask me recently how I make sweet tea, and I just recently made a pitcher since the weather has been in the mid 70s. Now that the weather is nice out, I LOVE sitting outside with a glass of it. Here is how I make mine…


4 family size tea bags, I use Luzianne in the red box
1 1/2 cups of sugar (I know I know that’s a lot)
Medium sized sauce pan
Gallon size pitcher

You must follow these exact or your tea will be bitter!
Fill sauce pan with water, leave about 2 inches to the top.
Add in the sugar, and put on burner on high.
Stir sugar to dissolve.
Once the water is boiling remove from the burner and thrown in your tea bags.
Immediately put a tight lid on it, and move to a cold burner and let steep for at least 20 min.
Pour into a gallon jug, and fill the rest with cold water and refrigerate.
Drink within 2 days or it starts tasting different.

The key is making that simple syrup with water and sugar, and NOT letting the water boil with the tea bags in it. If you boil it with the tea bags in it, it will be bitter.

Linda Manns Linneman

Friday 16th of September 2016

Nothing like a great glass of sweet tea when it is so hot out. Thank you for this great recipe

Deborah D

Wednesday 24th of December 2014

I love sweet tea ! i am making some over the weekend.


Tuesday 1st of July 2014

Sweet Iced Tea is perfect for cooling off during these hot summer months. I've been drinking iced tea every day. Thank you for sharing this recipe.


Tuesday 13th of May 2014

I know this recipe was posted a while ago, but I have been looking for a way to make real southern sweet tea that I enjoyed in my childhood. It is so different the way people make it here in Maryland! Real southern tea is made like this recipe! the sugar has to go in early, during or before the steeping. Thanks for the recipe!

Sandy VanHoey

Wednesday 30th of April 2014

I have a son-in-law and grandson that absolutely love sweet tea but have always just purchased at the store. Thanks for sharing a recipe to try for them