Southern Sweet Iced Tea

READY IN: 10mins
Recipe by GreenEyedLS

The REAL thing! Quick and easy. I got the recipe from my mother-in-law who lives in the mountains of NC. She serves this tea at her deli and everybody asks for it!

Top Review by Stephanie B.

My grandma put 4 Lipton teabags and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan with 4 cups of cold water on the stove to boil. Once it came to an almost boil she stirred it to make sure that the sugar had dissolved, turned off the flame and let the tea sit covered on the stove until it was cool. This made the tea almost inky black. Then she poured the tea into a 3 quart glass pitcher and topped it off with water while mashing the tea bags with a spoon to get all of the extra tea out of them. The tea was put in the icebox to cool further. The glasses were filled with ice cubes and then the tea was poured over them. This is how she made sweet tea.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 luizianne family-size tea bags
  • 34 cup sugar (to taste)
  • hot water


  1. Heat a full cup of water in the microwave until boiling hot. I use a large measuring cup.
  2. Submerge tea bags in water and let steep 3 minutes or until water gets dark.
  3. Pour dark water into pitcher. Refill cup with hot water from the faucet and let steep for 2 minutes.
  4. Add sugar to pitcher. Stir until dissolved.
  5. Add hot water from cup and than fill the rest of the pitcher with hot water from the sink. Stir and Refrigirate.
  6. Enjoy!
  7. I refill my cup and let steep 4 times, but it depends on how dark you like your tea. If you are in a rush, 1 steep will do.

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