Southern Sweet Tea

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Southern Sweet Tea

Spring is just around the corner and that means it’s time for some refreshing Southern Sweet Tea.

If you are like me, you love a refreshing glass of real Southern Sweet Tea. Here is a really easy sweet tea that everyone will love and is great for any occasion – especially hot summer days.


  • Sweetener – use 1 cup of sugar to two cups of water. Heat over medium/high heat in sauce pot until sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from heat
  • Tea – Using a larger sauce pot, bring 6 cups water to a rolling boil. Remove from heat and add 4 Family Size Luzianne tea bags to the pot and steep for 5 minutes. You can go longer but your tea will get stronger – if you like that then go a little longer. I use Luzianne tea but you can use whatever brand you like.
  • Once your tea has steeped for 5 minutes, remove the tea bags and discard. No need to squeeze the bags out.
  • An important step for smooth, refreshing sweet tea. Add a pinch of Baking Soda to neutralize the tannins in the tea. Very important if you want really smooth tea.
  • Fill a 3-quart container with about 2 quarts of ice – this will be your dilution of the tea.
  • Pour the sweetener and tea over the ice at the same time. I find that mixture is just the way I like it – the perfect balance of sweetness and good tea flavor.
  • Optional – I like to add a little fresh lemon to add some additional flavor. A manual citrus juicer really comes in handy here – makes squeezing the juice out of the lemon very easy and catches the seeds at the same time. Bonus!!  I use one average size lemon and that gives it great lemon flavor without overpowering the tea.  Add slices to each glass if you like.
  • Stir to mix and cool the tea. Tea is instantly ready to drink over a glass of ice.

There you have it folks. Real Southern Sweet Tea and easy to make.


Photo credit – Glass picture of tea is courtesy of   Other photos are taken by me.  

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    1. It works – smooth and refreshing tea. My wife loves it as much as I do and she even makes it from this recipe when we run out. Good stuff.

  1. baking soda in tea? I never heard of doing that. I’ll try that though. I wonder if that’s why sweet tea tastes good

    1. Yes – give it a try. Makes for very smooth and refreshing tea. Just a little will do the trick. Thanks for reading

    1. That’s awesome. The soup is a family fav for us and we mix it up once in a while – sometimes noodles, sometimes tortellini, and once in a while dumplings 🙂

    1. Oh please try it. I never did either until I tried REALLY good sweet tea. Then I searched and asked around how to make it just like I had fallen in love with. Once you get hooked, there’s no turning back. ☺️ Thanks for stopping by 🙏🏻

    1. It is and so good too. I have been making this recipe for a while and do not recall where I first saw it but it really is the best Sweet Tea I’ve ever had. Goes great with grilled foods and sunshine ☺️😍

      1. The big cold has left us in Paris… but the weather has become rainy and changeable…

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