Southern Iced Tea

"A table staple in most households and restaurants throughout the South. This is the beverage our mamas taught us to make."
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2 quarts




  • Place tea bags in a 2 quart glass pitcher.
  • Pour one quart boiling water over tea bags.
  • Let this steep for five minutes.
  • Remove tea bags from water, and press tea bags gently against the side of the container with the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Remove tea bags from container and discard.
  • Stir in one cup sugar.
  • Add the remaining one quart of water.
  • Stir, cool to room temperature.
  • Serve over ice.
  • If desired, garnish with lemon wedge.
  • Note: You may store any leftovers in the refrigerator, but the tea will turn a bit cloudy.
  • (This does not affect the taste).
  • If you want to take the haziness out of the tea, you may stir in 1/4 cup boiling water per quart of iced tea just before serving.

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    I drink my iced tea unsweetened but my husband likes sweet tea so I just made this for him and he said, " Perfect"! So this is the way I will make it for him from now on, thanks
  2. Justins Mom
    Excellent! This is the best. I've made it several times and each time it came out great.
  3. Junebug
    I made two gallons of this for Thanksgiving. There was non left. It was definitely good! Thanks for shqaring your recipe Fauve!
  4. Sharon123
    Yummy! I never get sweet tea when in a restaraunt because they don't have decaffinated. So I made this tea using decaf tea and it was wonderful. I will do this often now! Thanks Fauve!
  5. didi2
    This is the way I have always made Sweet Tea and it always turns out perfect. Thanks for sharing.


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