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Southern Style Sweet Tea Recipe Southern Style Sweet Tea Recipe


Southern Style Sweet Tea Recipe

Written by: Emily Smith

Whipping up my Southern Style Sweet Tea is a breeze. Just steep, sweeten, and chill. Perfectly refreshing, it's my go-to for hot afternoons. Lemon and mint? Optional, but oh so good!

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Ready for a delightful sip of nostalgia? My Southern Style Sweet Tea recipe carries a whiff of sun-washed summers right in your cup. It's a classic, steeped in tradition and brimming with inviting sweetness. Imagine savoring it on your front porch, feeling refreshed with every sip. Simple ingredients, easy steps, and a charming result that will leave you craving more. Let's get to it, and transport ourselves through this classic taste journey.

Ingredients for Southern Style Sweet Tea

  • Water: Essential base for the tea, needed for steeping the tea bags and diluting the sweetness to the desired level.
  • Black tea bags: Infuses the water with rich flavor, creating the classic tea taste that is the heart of this recipe.
  • Granulated sugar: Sweetens the tea to perfection, balancing the bitterness of the tea and creating a refreshing beverage.

Essential Tools for Making Sweet Tea

  • Saucepan: To boil water and steep the tea bags.
  • Pitcher: To mix and chill the sweet tea before serving.
  • Stirring spoon: To dissolve the sugar in the tea mixture.

Serves: 8 people

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes


  • 8 cups water
  • 6 black tea bags
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Lemon slices (optional)
  • Fresh mint leaves (optional)


  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Remove from heat and add the tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Discard the tea bags and stir in the sugar until dissolved.
  4. Pour the tea into a pitcher and add the remaining 4 cups of water.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator until cold.
  6. Serve over ice with lemon slices and mint leaves if desired.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 90 kcal | Carbohydrates: 24 g | Protein: 0 g | Total Fat: 0 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 0 mg | Dietary Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 24 g | Calcium: 0 mg | Potassium: 0 mg | Iron: 0 mg | Vitamin A: 0 µg | Vitamin C: 0 mg

Can You Make Sweet Tea Ahead of Time?

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Brew the tea as directed and let it cool to room temperature.
  • Store the sweet tea in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • When ready to serve, pour over ice and garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves.

Freezing Instructions

  • Brew the tea as directed and let it cool to room temperature.
  • Pour the sweet tea into a freezer-safe container, leaving some room for expansion.
  • Seal the container tightly and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

Did you know that adding a pinch of baking soda to the boiling water when steeping the tea can help reduce bitterness and create a smoother flavor in your southern style sweet tea?

Frequently Asked Questions About Southern Style Sweet Tea

Can I use decaffeinated tea bags for this sweet tea recipe?
Yes, you can use decaffeinated tea bags if you prefer a caffeine-free version of this sweet tea.
How long can I store the sweet tea in the refrigerator?
You can store the sweet tea in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days for the best taste.
Can I reduce the amount of sugar in this sweet tea recipe?
Yes, you can adjust the amount of sugar to suit your taste preferences. Start with less sugar and add more if needed.
Is it necessary to add lemon slices and mint leaves to the sweet tea?
Adding lemon slices and mint leaves is optional and can enhance the flavor of the sweet tea, but it's not necessary.
Can I use honey or another sweetener instead of granulated sugar?
Yes, you can substitute honey or another sweetener for the granulated sugar in this sweet tea recipe. Adjust the amount to taste.

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