Southern Sweet Tea

Southern Sweet Tea Recipe
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett

If you like tea that's really sweet, add the full cup of sugar.


Makes 2 1/2 qt.
Total time: 26 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Total: 26 Minutes


3 cups water
2 family-size tea bags
1/2 to 1 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. Remove and discard tea bags. Add desired amount of sugar, stirring until dissolved. Pour into a 1-gal. container, and add 7 cups cold water. Serve over ice.

Peach Iced Tea

Prepare Southern Sweet Tea using 1/2 cup sugar. Stir together 1 1/2 qt. tea, 1 (46-oz.) bottle peach nectar, and 2 Tbsp. lemon juice. Serve over ice. Makes 3 qt.