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Southern Sweet Tea


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There’s an art to Southern Sweet Tea, the main difference being that it is brewed stronger than other iced teas. Also, the sugar is added while the tea is hot, which is important in achieving the sugary sweetness it’s famous for. If you’re not a diehard Southerner, add the sugar to taste, so the tea isn’t too sweet for your liking. Also, some people add a pinch of baking soda to the boiling water to remove potential bitterness from the sweet tea.

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 6 cups water
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 8 tea bags, preferably Luzianne or Lipton


1. In a small pot on the stovetop or in a microwave-safe dish in the microwave, bring 4 cups of water to boil.

2. Carefully stir sugar into the boiling water until dissolved.

3. Add tea bags into water and steep for 25 minutes. Remove tea bags.

4. Pour into ice-filled glasses and serve.

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