Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell
Hands-on Time
10 Mins
Total Time
26 Mins
Makes 10 cups

It's known as the house wine of the South, and every family has a signature brew.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 2

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

Ratings & Reviews

7nflgirl's Review

January 28, 2014
TOO SWEET! Look, I live in South Carolina and I was born here so I know all about sweet tea. If you go to any restaurant or fast food place and order tea around here it will knock your block off. It's one tea bag and 5lbs of sugar! Oh I know they use a few tea bags but they really do use 3 cups of sugar per gallon. It's awful! Here is the recipe I grew up with and then adjusted to add green tea. 4 - Family size tea bags 3 - Green tea bags 1 - Gallon of water 1/2 - 2/3 cup of sugar. Plenty of tea taste, which I love, and enough sweetness to satisfy.

SweetTeaJunkie's Review

September 27, 2013
Classic Sweet Tea is all about simplicity, this is accomplished with this particular recipe... very easy and to the point. I blend up and use my own Handcrafted Loose Leaf black tea and only steep for 5 minutes and no longer.

stallings06's Review

August 04, 2013
Best. Sweet. Tea. Ever. Used Luzianne family sized tea bags and made it spot on according to the directions. I don't like my sweet tea sickeningly sweet so this was PERFECT.

Nic315ck's Review

July 12, 2013
I use Lipton brand regular size tea bags instead of family size. I use 5 bags for a gallon and 1- 1 1/3 cups sugar. I recommend if you have never made it to make it once and then u can adjust to your taste.

Cassidy678076's Review

May 09, 2013
Ok Im going to sound like an idiot but what kind of tea bags do you use? lol

ewyancy's Review

November 11, 2011
really enjoy this recipe! Very simple. Good to keep on hand in the fridge or prepare for a party. really like how many variations there are and how easy they are to make.

lkcline46's Review

July 28, 2011
I can't find the family size tea bags and so used the personal ones. I must have used too many because it was on the stronger side. Just added a little more water.

louloud37's Review

May 09, 2011