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Perfect Southern Sweet Tea

On Saturday, I saw the first snow flurries I have ever seen since living in Florida for the last eleven years. Even though I grew up living in the Midwest where getting a couple feet of snow each year was common, I felt like an excited child when I saw those tiny flakes falling from the sky.

Getting so excited about those flurries, made me realize that I have grown accustom to the South. I’ve learned to say “y’all” and “fixin’ to”, and I can even make some biscuits and sausage gravy that will stick to your ribs. However, there is one thing that I will never get used to in the South, and that is sweet tea!

Since I married a Southerner, this was a problem when we were first married. My husband likes to have tea with his dinner, so I attempted several times to make him 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.

Then about two years ago, I decided to give the sweet tea another try. When my husband drank my new version, he loved it and even said that it tasted like the tea his granny used to make. When he said that, I knew I had hit the jackpot!

I did a little happy dance!

Ever since then I have been making his sweet tea and saving $5 at the grocery store each week! I like to call this my perfect sweet tea because it took me six years to get it just right!

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

Perfect Southern Sweet Tea
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
13 min
Total Time
18 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
13 min
Total Time
18 min
  1. 7 tea bags (or 3 family size)
  2. 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 cups of sugar
  3. Gallon pitcher
  1. Fill medium sized pot half way with water.
  2. Bring the water to a boil.
  3. Once the water is boiling, remove it from the heat.
  4. Add the tea bags to the water and cover with a lid.
  5. Set your timer for 13 minutes and let the tea steep.
  6. While the tea is steeping, add sugar to gallon pitcher. (My husband likes his tea REALLY sweet, so I use 2 1/2 cups of sugar. Depending on how sweet you like it, you may only need 1 or 2 cups.)
  7. Add just enough water to cover the sugar and stir to dissolve the sugar. Stir it a few more times while the tea is steeping to make sure the sugar is completely dissolved.
  8. When the time is up, remove the tea bags, and pour the tea into the pitcher.
  9. Fill the gallon pitcher the rest of the way with water and stir.
  10. Do not put ice in the tea or put it in the refrigerator until it is room temperature.*
  1. *Letting the tea come to room temperature before cooling it in the refrigerator or with ice, helps the tea not become sour.
  2. My husband likes to drink his over ice. Enjoy!
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      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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