Southern Sweet Tea Recipe
Southern Sweet Tea Recipe

Sweet Tea tastes better when it is homemade. A pitcher of sweet tea is a staple in every fridge and it is super simple to make.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tea
  • 1 gallon hot water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 10 single black tea bags
  1. In a gallon pitcher, add two cups of granulated sugar. 

  2. Fill the jug with hot water (I just use hot tap water because it's quick and convenient). 

  3. Place 10 single tea bags in the jug and allow to steep for 30 minutes to 1 hour. 

  4. Remove tea bags and squeeze out excess tea from the bag before discarding. 

  5. With a slotted spoon, stir the tea until the sugar on the bottom is completely dissolved. 

  6. Refrigerate overnight because sweet tea always tastes its best on the second day. Serve in a mason jar filled with ice.

Recipe Notes

Sweet Tea is at it's best for about 2-3 days after making. If you notice that the tea has become cloudy, it is no longer good and it's time to make a fresh batch.

If you plan to serve this sweet tea recipe cold from the fridge WITHOUT ice, then reduce the sugar to 1 1/2 cups. As the tea sits in the fridge it becomes sweeter. The recipe as it is written is to be served in a glass filled with ice.