Simple Southern Sweet Tea

Simple Southern Sweet Tea

Southern Sweet Tea is basically summer in a glass. This recipe is easy to make, deliciously sweet, and so refreshing.

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When I think of summer time drinks, Sweet Tea is always at the top of my list. My husband grew up enjoying this southern staple, so when the weather gets warmer, you’ll often find a fresh batch in my refrigerator.

The first few years of our marriage I would go old school and steep the tea in the direct sun. This not only took hours for it to reach its ideal taste, it is also not the safest method as it can grow unhealthy bacteria. Glad we survived that season!😉

This Simple Southern Sweet Tea can be made and enjoyed in under 20 minutes. It’s completely safe, has a great earthy flavor, and we actually enjoy it so much more than traditional sun tea.

Ingredients In Simple Southern Sweet Tea:

  • Black Tea- I like using Lipton. It has great flavor and it’s not bitter.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Water

Can I Use Other Flavored Teas?

Yes! Just about all tea types will work for iced tea. We like using peach and fruit blends.

How To Make Southern Sweet Tea:

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  • Add tea bags.
  • Boil for 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and let steep with lid on for 10 minutes.
  • Pull out tea bags (squeezing excess liquid) and add sugar. Stir until dissolved.
  • Pour into a gallon size pitcher and fill the rest of the way with ice or water.
  • Refrigerate and serve over ice and garnish with a fresh lemon wedge.


Removing tea bags can be tricky when the liquid is hot. Use a Lemon or Lime Squeezer and place a few bags in the cup side of the squeezer. Gently press down like you’re squeezing a lemon to remove the extra liquid.

I hope you enjoy!

Let’s eat!🤍

Simple Southern Sweet Tea

Southern Sweet Tea is basically summer in a glass. This recipe is easy to make, deliciously sweet, and so refreshing.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Rest time 10 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 8 cups


  • 6 cups water
  • 8 regular size black tea bags (or 4 family-size bags) paper and string carefully removed I like Lipton
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar, or to desired taste
  • lemon slices for garnish optional


  • Bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Add tea bags and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and place a lid on to steep for 10 minutes. Pull out tea bags, gently squeezing out the extra liquid. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add a cup of ice to the tea to slightly cool before transferring to a pitcher. Pour tea in a gallon size pitcher and fill the rest with ice or water. Refrigerate until ready to serve!


Removing tea bags- If you have a lemon or lime squeezer, add as many tea bags to fit and squeeze out extra liquid. 
Pouring hot tea into pitcher safely- Add a handful of ice into the pot with the steeped hot tea to cool off before transferring to a pitcher. 
Substitute other tea flavors- Peach and fruit blends are our favorite but just about any tea blend will work for iced tea. 
Keyword Black tea, Sugar, Water
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Servings: 8
Amount per serving 
Calories 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 0mg0%
Total Carbohydrate 31.3g11%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Total Sugars 31.3g 
Protein 0g 
Vitamin D 0mcg0%
Calcium 0mg0%
Iron 0mg0%
Potassium 0mg0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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