Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Total Time
26 Mins
Makes 2 1/2 qt.

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

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

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.

Step 3

Peach Iced Tea

Step 4

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.

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Ratings & Reviews

Tracy618's Review

July 25, 2013
Having grown up in the South, I have to say this isn't exactly right. We always used more tea bags and 1.5 to 2 cups of sugar. Now that's "really sweet tea."

A bit weak and too sweet

April 11, 2015
The method is good, however I always use 3 family size bags and 2/3 cup sugar.

CynthiaWake's Review

July 13, 2014
I always use Luzianne tea, it makes the best sweet tea.

jflemin's Review

July 28, 2013

MendiSue's Review

July 28, 2013
A cup of sugar for 10 cups of tea? That's too sweet even by Southern standards, LOL. I use one cup of sugar per gallon of tea, and it is still really sweet. A gallon only lasts 2 days at most in my house. (this recipe only calls for 10 cups of water total. There are 16 cups in a gallon)

Texasqt's Review

April 03, 2013

kristann92's Review

November 20, 2012
I used the Tazo brand of black tea for this recipe with the full cup of sugar and it turned out great! Very refreshing

Cheriemoore's Review

June 29, 2012

BJStrickland's Review

June 29, 2012

BonBon1946's Review

June 29, 2012