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How to Make Southern Sweet Tea

Learning how to make Southern Sweet Tea is super easy. Learn how the Southerner’s make this essential drink made for the summertime and Sunday supper dinner refreshments.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 279kcal
Author Jocelyn Delk Adams


  • 5 cups water
  • 5 tea bags like Lipton or Luzianne
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (by taste) up to 1 1/2 cups
  • lemon or lime optional


  • Add water to a medium sized pot over high heat until boiling.
  • Once boiling, remove from heat and add tea bags. Steep for 10-20 minutes (the longer you steep, the stronger the tea).
  • Stir in sugar in increments until it completely dissolves into the hot tea and taste as you go.
  • Remove tea bags from the pot then pour the tea into a pitcher then add more water to fill it and serve with ice.


Feel free to go up to 6 tea bags if you prefer a stronger tea.  Also you can steep longer to concentrate more flavor.


Calories: 279kcal