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Sweet Iced Tea Recipe, Southern Style

Updated on November 9, 2014

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Strong And Sweet Iced Tea

I very much love my iced tea and I make it the way my mother did, strong and sweet, Southern style. Following is my mother's recipe for Sweet Southern Iced Tea, strong and sweet iced tea. And you can be assured that I am sipping one as I write this.

This is not a recipe for the faint of heart. This is a full bodied and potent drink. This iced tea is not amber, rather it is a deep rich brown, loaded with caffeine and sugar, and a thoroughly satisfying drink.

The Southern United States is known for its sweet tea. It must have to do with the heat.

This is the only drink that righteously goes with a Reuben Sandwich.

OK then.


This recipe is for Southern Iced Tea, very strong and very sweet, and very delicious.


  • 5 cups water
  • 10 tea bags
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 trays ice


  1. Boil 5 cups of water in a small pan. Steep tea bags for 12 minutes. Be sure to remove the tea bags or you will get a stomach ache from the tannic acid.
  2. Stir in 1 cup of sugar. It will be rapidly absorbed by the hot tea.
  3. Pour into 2 quart container and add ice, 2 to 3 trays.
Cast your vote for Sweet Southern Iced Tea


So strong it can walk by itself.

I hope that you have enjoyed your visit to Sweet Southern Iced Tea. If you haven't, please give it another whirl. Tea is good drinking.

Or as they say down South, tea Is some fine drinking.


© 2012 Linda Hahn

I'll have tea, please. - What's your pleasure?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I live in my hometown of Selma, Alabama and I think I'm the only person in town who drinks his iced tea unsweetened!

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      Wow, 2 teabags for each cup, that is strong. I am the sort of person who shows a teabag to the hot water and then throws it away. However, I have never tried iced tea and this strength might well be necessary. You know I might even try the recipe. Thanks for a neat lens

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Yeah, that recipe sounds about right. Being a southern boy, do know about good sweet iced tea. Unfortunately, I also know about the weak kind too. I'll take the strong version any day. The kind that when you're finished stirring in the sugar, the spoon continues to stand up on its own. Well, maybe I'm exagerating...a little. :-) And you're right, it does have to do with the heat--and the humidity here in Louisiana.


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love Earl Grey tea and used to drink it a lot. In fact, I might just get back to drinking it again. As for iced tea, I have never acquired a taste for it and I think it is because it requires sugar and I don't like sweet tea.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      I go for decaffeinated, diet ice tea these days. Wish I could still have regular sweet tea. It was so good.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I like sweet tea too but only on really hot days!

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      My family is from the South (AL and SC) and I grew up on sweet iced tea! I can't drink it with much sugar now, but I drank it every single day growing up...maybe that's why I'm a sugar addict today! :)

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      MrMojo01 5 years ago

      Haven't had sweet tea in years!

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      Mmmm sweet tea!

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      chas65 5 years ago

      I have finally broken away from drinking sweet tea. I still LOVE iced tea, but now without the sugar. Somtimes I will have about 10% sweet tea and the rest unsweet.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Yes I love tea also.

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      Linda Hahn 5 years ago from California

      @gemjane: You know you have caffeine in your system, that's for sure!

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      goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      I love iced tea, and I've tried it so many different ways. But my favorite is still my grandmother's recipe, which somehow none of us could ever duplicate exactly...

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      gemjane 5 years ago

      I love ice tea, probably not quite this strong!