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Sweet Tea Recipes

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There are many delicious ways to make this southern favorite iced tea. This page contains sweet tea recipes.


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By 1 found this helpful
March 2, 2018

In this sweet tea, the lemon has been infused and is very refreshing. I attach my three tea bags to the side of the pot with a large black paper holder and put it on the handle of the pot. When the water begins to boil I just place the tea bags in the boiling water. After the pot has been emptied is easy to remove the tea bags from the pot.


  • 1 gal water
  • slice of lemon
  • 3 family size tea bags
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar


  1. Fill a gallon size pot with water and add a slice of lemon. Bring water to a boil
  2. Put the tea bags in the boiling water. Turn the heat off and put the lid on the pot. Let the tea steep for five to seven minutes.
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  4. Pour into a gallon container. Squeeze the tea bags with a spoon. Add approximately a half to 3/4 cup sugar, and stir. Refrigerate until cold and serve in a tall glass. The lemon has been infused into the tea and is very refreshing.
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By 0 found this helpful
January 29, 2009

Take a plain glass measuring cup and fill it to 1 cup of water and add 1 single tea bag (I like Tetley round family size). Microwave a couple of minutes until boiling. Next pour 1 1/2 cups sugar in a gallon size plastic container and then pour the measuring cup with tea bag in the container and leave that tea bag and keep adding water to it until container is full. Be careful because it will be hot.

Delicious and quick sweet, southern tea with less mess and waste, using the one tea bag and the sugar just instantly melts from the hot tea. Now, refrigerate and pour you a glass with some ice cubes in it and ENJOY! You will never make tea on the stove again!


Source: My sweet Mother.

By Karen from Union, SC

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May 7, 20060 found this helpful

I need a good recipe for southern sweet tea. When I add sugar to my glass I get a raw feeling in my bottom throat. I was thinking down south they melt the sugar and then add it to the tea. Also is there a way to brew the tea in the microwave?

Thanks in advance,
Nancy from Hale, MO


May 7, 20060 found this helpful

Hey! I am from Maben, Mississippi and here's how we do it! Bring one quart of fresh cold water to a rolling boil, drop in one family size tea bag, cover the pot and remove from heat. Let sit for ten minutes. Put one cup of sugar into a gallon pitcher (more or less according to taste). Remove tea bag from and pour over sugar, stir until dissolved. Fill pitcher with cold water and stir. I have made tea in the microwave by boiling the water in it first, then following the above recipe (I put a dinner plate on the microwaveable bowl to cover it).


I have also put the tea bag into the basket of my coffee pot (with no filter and 10 cups of water) to make the hot part then pouring that into the pitcher with the sugar and adding the cold water. ADDITIONAL NOTES: My little sister uses 2 family size tea bags because she likes it stronger - my older sister uses 1 1/2 cups sugar because she likes it sweeter and our Mama uses 1 cup Splenda because she's on the Atkins Diet!

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May 8, 20060 found this helpful

i use 2 qts. water and 4 single use tea bags. put both in a tea kettle or large sauce pan and bring to a boil. let set for just a few minutes before pouring into a pitcher with 1 c sugar. make sure the tea is still hot when adding the sugar otherwise it doesn't disolve as well. strangely enough, the best tea bags we've found as been the cheap dollar general version, 100 bags for a dollar. hope that helps.

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May 8, 20060 found this helpful

I'm from Pennsylvania so this might be a northern way to make iced tea. I ONLY use Lipton Tea Bags.


This makes a gallon.
Boil a pot of water and add 7 or 8 tea bags, shut off the heat and let it cool a little. I make my tea in a clean empty milk jug. Add about 1 and 1/2 cups of sugar. Then pour in your tea. Shake it well so the sugar dissolves and fill up the jug the rest of the way with water. Put it in the fridge or you can drink it right away with ice cubes.

I've also made it in the coffee maker. Tastes the same as if you made it on the stove. Just fill your coffee maker with water -- a full pot. Put the tea bags in the pot and turn it on. When it cools make your tea.

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May 8, 20060 found this helpful

My husband lived in Georgia for 2 years before we got married and became hooked on sweet tea! To make in the microwave I "boil" 4 cups cold water in a pyrex measuring cup and let 8 regular tea bags steep for about 10 minutes or so depending on how strong I want to make the tea. Then add 1/2 to 1 cup sugar, again more or less to taste, to the bottom of a pitcher and pour the hot tea over and stir to dissolve the sugar and add 4 cups cold water.


This makes 2 quarts.

You can also make "liquid" sugar by mixing equal parts sugar and water, bringing to a boil just until the sugar disolves. I make a batch and keep in a squeeze bottle in the fridge for sweeting tea and coffee. Especially when I get a craving for sweet tea in Janurary and don't want to make a big jug!

Hope this helps!

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By Debbie (Guest Post)
May 8, 20060 found this helpful

I use a gallon size pitcher. Fill 3/4 full with hot water, put desired amount of sugar into hot water in pitcher, stir until dissolved. I only use Luzianne brand tea bags, I put three tea bags into cold water in small saucepan and bring almost to boil. Remove from heat before boiling. Pour into pitcher of hot sugar water, holding tea bags with wooden spoon to prevent them from falling into pitcher, stir well, put in fridge. Serve over ice. Tastes better after chilled. You can fill pitcher only half full of hot water, add sugar, then, after adding hot tea, finish filling with ice cubes to speed the chilling process.

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By CiCi (Guest Post)
May 8, 20060 found this helpful

I am a GRITS [Girl Raised In The South] and I use only Lipton Tea. The simplest way to make yummy sweet tea is to use 3 Cold Brew tea bags in a gallon pitcher. After the short brewing time, simply add
1 1/4 cups sugar. For less sweet tea, cut back slightly on the sugar. Then, refrigerate.

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May 8, 20060 found this helpful

Rather than using straight sugar which doesn't dissolve well once the tea is made, either use superfine sugar (bar sugar, dissolves easier) or make a simple syrup (better), boiling equal parts sugar and water until dissolved then cool. Can be kept in fridge (not sure how long though). Measures just like sugar. Good Luck.

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May 9, 20060 found this helpful

Well I am a southern gal also and I use Walmart tea bags and they are just as good as anything else to me and I have been drinking tea since I got off formula, lol. I have two ways of making tea. During the summer its sun tea. Fill a gallon glass pitcher with lid, we use a pickle jar, with water and five small tea bags or three big ones and screw the lid on tight. Sit out in the sun for about an hour till as dark as you like it. Remove tea bags and add desired amount of sugar. The rest of the year I make it in a coffeemaker, I have two, one for coffee one for tea. I fill up carafe and put tea bags in basket and brew, then pour it in a gallon jug and add desired amount of sugar to hot liquid. Fill rest of way with water. I use a cup and a half, I grew up on two cups of sugar, but have cut back as I got older.

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May 9, 20060 found this helpful

Hey! Put 4 regular tea bags into a 1/2 gallon pitcher. Pour in 1/2 cup sugar. Pour about 4 cups of boiling water over tea bags and sugar. Stir. Let the tea bags steep until it is to your liking. Add additional cold water and place in refrigerator. Enjoy!

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By Connie A.. (Guest Post)
May 9, 20060 found this helpful

I put water in a glass quart measuring cup and add 6 tea bags. I put this in the microwave on power 3 for 30 mins. I then drain the water/tea in case a bag popped, it sometimes does. I add this to a gallon jug and fill with water. We use artifical sweetner but you can add the sugar to the hot tea when it comes out of the microwave and it will melt before you add the additional water. It is fast and delicious! ENJOY!

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By Karen (Guest Post)
May 9, 20060 found this helpful

North Carolina Sweet Tea - 3 Lipton Family size Tea Bags, 1 quart water, microwave 6 minutes. Cover with what you have on hand - paper towel, plastic wrap, dish towel, etc... and let set approx 10 min. Put 1 and 1/3 cup sugar in your tea pitcher, run your tap water as hot as it will get and add to the sugar, stir until the sugar is disolved, add the tea, fill the rest of the pitcher with cold water and you're all done!

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May 9, 20060 found this helpful

I'm orignally from Gulfport, Mississippi. This is the way I make my Sweet Tea.

Fill 1 quart sauce pan with water. Drop in 6 regular size (Lipton) tea bags into the pan. I remove the strings and tags. Bring to the boil, and turn off as soon as the boil starts. Let sit for about five minutes.

Pour hot tea into a gallon pitcher. Add 1 1/2 cups sugar. Mix to dissolve the sugar. Add cold water enough to fill the pitcher.

To make with Splenda, add one cup Splenda to the hot tea. Mix to dissolve the Splenda and add cold water. Delicious.

This is authentic Southern Sweet Tea. The best to my family and friends.


Linda (who now lives in Pennsylvania)

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