Southern Sweet Tea

Southern Sweet Tea Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell
It's known as the house wine of the South, and every family has a signature brew.


Makes 10 cups
Total time: 26 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 10 Minutes
Total: 26 Minutes


3 cups water
2 family-size tea bags
3/4 cup sugar
7 cups cold water


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. Discard tea bags. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Pour into a 1-gal. container, and add 7 cups cold water. Serve over ice.

May 2011
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