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Southern Sweet Tea

Love sweet tea? Look no further than this Southern sweet tea recipe. Nothing is more refreshing on a hot day than slowly sipping on an ice cold glass of tea.
Course Beverages
Cuisine American, Southern
Cook Time 17 minutes
Chill time 4 hours
Servings 12 people
Calories 80kcal
Author Lisa B.


  • 3 quarts cold water
  • 4 regular black tea bags (or 2 family-sized tea bags)
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar


  • Bring water to a rolling boil in a large pan. Add tea bags. 
  • Reduce heat and simmer for two minutes. 
  • Remove from heat and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes. 
  • Remove tea bags and add sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. 
  • Add enough cold water to make a gallon.


Store the tea in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  Sweet tea will last about 72 hours. Brewed tea with no sugar added will last longer -- about five days.


Serving: 8oz | Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Potassium: 50mg | Sugar: 20g