Perfect Southern Sweet Tea Recipe

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How to make southern sweet tea

Growing up in the Midwest I thought Southern Sweet Tea was simply tea with sugar added to it. This is completely wrong, and most Southerners will turn their noses up to such an atrocity!

I quickly learned my lesson when I married a Southern gentleman.

When we were first married, there was a problem. My husband likes to have Southern sweet tea with his dinner every single night and I didn’t know how to make it.

The horrors! 

I attempted several times to make him sweet tea during our first few years of marriage. But it never came out right, and I resorted to buying his tea from the grocery store for years.

But I got tired of shelling out so much money on tea, so I searched and searched for sweet tea recipes and decided to give sweet tea another try.

After tasting this version of sweet tea, my husband proclaimed,

“This tastes like Granny’s Sweet Tea!”

I did a little happy dance!

FINALLY, I hit the jackpot and have perfected Southern sweet tea.

I like to call this my perfect sweet tea recipe because it took me six years to get it just right!

If you like Southern sweet tea, and are looking for a great recipe, try this one.


You can print out the sweet tea recipe here

Sweet Tea Ingredients:

7 tea bags

gallon of water

1-2 1/2 cups of sugar* (depending on your sugar level tastebuds!)

*My husband LOVES his sweet tea extra sweet, and I get compliments on how good my tea is from other people too. But you may want less sugar. Just experiment.

Sweet Tea Recipe:

1. Add 4 cups of water to pan and bring to a boil.

2. Once water is boiling, remove the pan from the heat.

3. Add the tea bags to the water and cover with a lid for 13 minutes.

4. While the tea is steeping, put sugar in gallon pitcher and add just enough water to cover the sugar.

5. Stir until the sugar dissolves.

6. When the tea is done steeping, throw away the tea bags and pour the tea into the pitcher.

7. Add enough water to fill the pitcher.

8. Stir making sugar all the sugar is dissolved.

9. Allow the tea to come to room temperature before placing in the refrigerator.

Ingredients for southern sweet tea


Southern Sweet Tea Recipe


Why does sweet tea sour?

Adding ice or putting the tea in the refrigerator before it cools down causes the tea to sour early.

So add plenty of ice cubes to your glass and pour the tea into the glass. This way you can enjoy cold sweet tea without it souring too quickly.

Perfect Southern Sweet Tea Recipe

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    1. Using Stevia is a great idea for those wanting to cut out the calories or extra sugar! I’ve never been a fan of sweet tea, but my husband says this is the best he has ever had!

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