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Southern Sweet Tea Recipe

This Southern Sweet Tea Recipe is a classic made with ease and deliciousness! With simple ingredients like a tea bag, sugar and the right garnish, you can make the perfect glass of refreshing tall cold tea with ease!
Prep Time25 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Drink
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 279kcal


  • 5 cups water
  • 5-6 tea bags depending on how strong you want your tea
  • 2/3- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar depending on how sweet you want it
  • Optional: lemon and mint
  • Ice


  • Add water to a medium sized pot and boil over high heat.
  • Once boiling, turn off heat and add tea bags. Steep for 10-25 minutes (depending on strength you prefer).
  • Stir in sugar in increments until it completely dissolves into the hot tea.
  • Remove tea bags from pot then pour tea into a large pitcher.
  • Add enough water to fill the pitcher then add lemon wedges and mint (if you would like for garnish and flavor).
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve. Add ice to glasses and serve.


Remember to taste your your tea as you add the increments of sugar.  This will allow you to make the tea as sweet as you prefer.  If you add too much sugar, remember to just add more water to your tea.


Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Sodium: 11mg | Sugar: 72g | Calcium: 6mg