Southern Sweet Tea
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Serves: large pitcher of tea
Sweet tea is refreshing staple in the South, that you can easily make & savor any season! A few standard ingredients is all you'll need!
What to get:
  • 4 family-size black tea bags (Like Lipton brand)
  • ~5 cups drinking water (plus ~2 cups after first steeping)
  • 0.5 - 1 cup white sugar (to taste)
  • Lemon wedges for serving
  • Ice Cubes for serving
  • *You will need a large beverage pitcher.
What to do:
  1. Bring a medium pot of water and tea bags to a rolling boil on low.
  2. Once boiling, cover with a lid or saucer, and turn off heat letting tea bags steep in pot for about 5-8 minutes.
  3. Pour warm/hot tea into large glass pitcher, reserving tea bags in the now emptied pot.
  4. Run warm water over tea bags in pot, and add to warm tea already in pitcher. (about 2 more cups worth).
  5. To warmed pitcher of tea, add 0.5 -1 cup sugar mixing well (add sugar to taste for desired sweetness).
  6. You can transfer pitcher to refrigerator and store, or leave room temperature covered if consuming quickly.
  7. Serve tea in glasses over ice cubes to chill, with lemon wedges on the side!
This is seriously easy and seriously good. Many Southern sweet teas are in fact, very sweet, but you can add less sugar to your taste.
Serving size: glass
Recipe by the dinnervine at