Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

When you order 'tea' in TX you will be asked 'sweet' or 'unsweet'. It will then arrive in a big glass with lots of ice! Here is the way we make 'Swayte Tay" or Sweet Tea! Oh soo goooodd! Dont like it sweet- just leave out the sugar- or splenda.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 family-size tea bags
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar, I use Splenda


  1. Put water and tea bags in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Remove from heat and cover. Let steep for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain or carefully press water from tea bags.
  4. Put hot tea solution into a gallon pitcher and add sweetener, stirring to dissolve.
  5. Add water to pitcher to fill.
  6. Cool in refrigerator and serve with ice.
Most Helpful

I already have a great method for making tea with regular-size tea bags, but for some reason, I always have the family-size bags in the pantry. This turned out far too weak. It hardly tasted like tea at all. I will try again using this for only 1/2 gallon and see if that works better.

evewitch November 20, 2010

This is really good, but a bit weak for me. Seems like the tea bags are smaller than they used to be, puzzling. At any rate, I added 2 more bags to another cup of boiling water and it was better. Will definitely use this method, just use more tea bags.

Denise! June 30, 2010

Good ice tea, but it might be a little weak for some. I will continue to make it using 1/2 c. splenda and 1/2 c. sugar for myself. Hubby's doctor said tea was a no-no for hubby as it is kidney stone causing in some people. I've definitely cut back on tea since I've learned about the kidney stones, but I love iced tea and your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Mountainbaby April 11, 2010

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