Ruth's Secret Sweet Iced Tea

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins

Sweet and refreshing tea; back in the 1950's-60's my best friend's mom (Ruth) used to make this every day and served it poolside when we were kids. The "secret" is adding the sugar to taste to the strong brew, then adding ice cubes.


  1. Place the tea bags in half of a large kettle of water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let steep for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags and add sugar until the bitterness is gone. Add 3 trays of ice cubes (36 cubes) and stir.
  3. Add juice of one lemon, or to taste. Slice the squeezed lemon and put in pitcher or glasses. Serve over ice.
Most Helpful

If I serve this in 32-ounce cups, will I go to jail? ;-) Refreshing!

gailanng September 18, 2012

This was made for a friend of ours who loves iced tea, but doesn't care for what I usually make, which is a sweet Southern tea! So, I followed your recipe right on down, & included just enough sugar to make it bearable (for me, anyway!) & then left it for him to add any additional sugar (or not) that he wanted! Worked out great, & he loved the tea! [Made & reviewed for one of my adoptees in this Spring's round of Pick A Chef]

Sydney Mike April 11, 2012

This made a nice iced tea. I used decaf, and about 1 cup per tea bag. I halved the recipe and enjoyed the tea, not too sweet. Thanks! Made for PAC, spring 2013.

Sharon123 April 03, 2013