This Southern Sweet Tea recipe is smooth, sweet, and delicious! It includes tried-and-true tips for how to make sweet tea that everyone loves!

This Southern Sweet Tea recipe is smooth, sweet, and delicious! It includes tried-and-true tips for how to make sweet tea that everyone loves! // addapinch.com

There are so many drinks that are perfect to enjoy from lemonade, to strawberry lemonade, to our favorite limeade recipe. But there is just nothing like a glass of great Southern sweet tea.

If you have ever been fortunate enough to enjoy an ice-cold glass of Southern sweet tea, then friends, you will know what I’m talking about when I say that there is good tea and then there is great tea. My Grandmother Verdie made the absolute best sweet tea that I have ever tasted. After years of watching and asking her a million questions, she taught me her secrets for how to make the best sweet tea. I haven’t looked back since.

Southern Sweet Tea Recipe

This Southern Sweet Tea recipe is smooth, sweet, and delicious! It includes tried-and-true tips for how to make sweet tea that everyone loves! // addapinch.com

There are a few tips and tricks that you’ll need to know for making this tea.

• Use tea specially blended for iced tea. Southern sweet tea is an iced tea, meaning that it is tea  made to be served over ice. Some brands that are preferred for iced tea are Red Diamond, Luzianne, Lipton and Tetley. Look for markings on the package to say that it is specially made for iced tea.

• Don’t burn your tea. Here’s what that means. You should bring your water to boil, remove it from the heat and then add your tea bags. This prevents the tea from burning and becoming bitter.

• Steeping matters. Allow your tea to steep for 15 minutes.

• Add a little baking soda. This can be controversial. But, hear me out. The baking soda prevents the tea from becoming cloudy and bitter. If you know that you will be drinking a gallon of tea in one day, you can skip the baking soda. If you think you’ll have some leftover to refrigerate, then definitely try it with the baking soda. It makes all the difference.

This Southern Sweet Tea recipe is smooth, sweet, and delicious! It includes tried-and-true tips for how to make sweet tea that everyone loves! // addapinch.com

How to Make Southern Sweet Tea

• Bring 1 quart of water to a boil in a medium saucepan or a tea kettle over medium heat. Remove from the heat and drop the tea bags into the water. Allow the tea bags to steep for 15 minutes.

• As your tea is steeping, add your sugar to your pitcher. Remove the tea bags from the saucepan or kettle and press them against the side of the saucepan or kettle to press out as much of the tea as possible before discarding them. Pour half of the tea into the pitcher over the sugar. Stir to dissolve the sugar and then pour in the remaining tea.

• Stir in the baking soda and then fill the pitcher the rest of the way with fresh, cold water. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator.

This Southern Sweet Tea recipe includes all the tried-and-true tips for smooth, delicious, and perfect sweet tea every time! // addapinch.com

Here’s my Southern Sweet Tea recipe. I hope you love it as much as my family always has.

This Southern Sweet Tea recipe is smooth, sweet, and delicious! It includes tried-and-true tips for how to make sweet tea that everyone loves! // addapinch.com

Southern Sweet Tea Recipe

This Southern Sweet Tea recipe is smooth, sweet, and delicious! It includes tried-and-true tips for how to make sweet tea that everyone loves!
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Prep Time5 mins
Steeping Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 1 gallon
Course Drinks
Calories: 73.8kcal
Serving Size 8ounces
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • 4-5 family-size tea bags
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups sugar
  • 1 pinch baking soda (optional)
  • water

Instructions

  • Bring 1 quart of water to boil in a medium saucepan or tea kettle set over medium heat. Remove from the heat and add the tea bags. Allow to steep for about 15 minutes. Do not allow the tea to become cold.
  • In a gallon pitcher, add the sugar and pour in about 1/2 of the warm tea. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Pour in the remainder of the brewed tea, being careful not to drop in tea bags.
  • Add baking soda and stir to combine. If serving immediately baking soda may not be needed.
  • Fill the pitcher with cold water and serve over ice. Great with a wedge of lemon, lime, orange or a sprig of mint.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 8ounces | Calories: 73.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 19.5g | Potassium: 49.7mg
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Enjoy!
Robyn xo

Robyn Stone

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25 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. This is exactly like I make my tea only I am not allowed sugar so I use the same amount of Stevia. Stevia is a little harder to dissolve but taste not much different than sugar.

  2. Hi Robyn,

    Thank you so much for your fantastic sweet tea recipe! As a college student, I am trying to find new ways to cook at home and use homemade recipes more often. Of course, eating out at as a treat sometimes is fun. But that is something that I do excessively lol. I am a chef in process though! One of the most rewarding things about eating at home is when you have that satisfaction of “I made this!” when you take that first bite of food or first sip of drink. Thanks for all that you do.

    Clay

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