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Southern Sweet Tea

Prep time 5 mins
Cook time 5 mins
Steep time 10 mins
Yield Makes 2 1/2 qt.
If you like tea that's really sweet, add the full cup of sugar. 


  • 3 cups water
  • 2 family-size tea bags
  • 1/2 to 1 cup sugar
  • 7 cups cold water

How to Make It

  1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a saucepan; add tea bags. Boil 1 minute; remove from heat. Cover and steep 10 minutes.

  2. Remove and discard tea bags. Add desired amount of sugar, stirring until dissolved.

  3. Pour into a 1-gal. container, and add 7 cups cold water. Serve over ice.

  4. Peach Iced Tea: Stir together 1 1/2 qt. Southern Sweet Tea made with 1/2 cup sugar; add 1 (8-oz.) bottle peach nectar and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Stir well. Serve over ice. Makes about 2 1/2 qt.

  5. Tea 'n' Lemonade: Stir together 2 qt. Southern Sweet Tea made with 1/2 cup sugar; add 1 cup thawed lemonade concentrate, and stir well. Serve over ice. Makes 2 1/4 qt.