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Easy to Make Sweet Tea Recipes

Updated on August 13, 2020
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Southern Sweet Tea Recipes

Sweet Tea, also known as Southern Sweet Tea, has recently become my favorite summer beverage of choice. Being a northerner, I was used to, and frankly tired of, the Lipton brand ice tea mix I grew up with. I also tired of the newer flavor of raspberry ice tea mix.

I first tried Sweet Tea with the urging of my daughter who likes to buy the expensive Arizona single servings beverages at the local convenience store. (Ugh, she also buys those hideous energy drinks.) Well I only bought the Sweet Tea once or twice, until we discovered Arizona beverages are also sold in gallon-sized bottles in the supermarket. Quite the savings from those single bottles, but still not enough to encourage me to buy them often. I then tried to come up with a recipe that I could live with. To my surprise, it's good, and CHEAP! I've since looked up the recipes on the internet, and minus a few additions, my recipe is similar to most.

Photo image credit: Me, of my glass of freshly brewed, and really inexpensive, Sweet Tea, about to be enjoyed whilst sitting on the back deck, on a very hot day.

(Originally written in 2012 by this author under the pen name SoyCandleLover-Maker at

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SoyCandleLover-Maker's Sweet Tea Recipe

  • 6 cups Water, Boiled
  • 8-10 tea bags, Black tea, preferred
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar, (for less sweet, use 1 cup sugar)
  • Water, Room temperature
  • Ice, To serve


  1. Prepare tea bags by clipping together tea bag tags with chip clip
  2. Bring 6 cups of water just to boil in large pan, then remove from heat
  3. Immediately drop tea bags into water and hang chip clip over the edge of the pan
  4. Steep at least 5 minutes and dip tea bags a few times, then remove
  5. Add sugar and stir until dissolved
  6. Let cool to room temperature
  7. Pour into 1 gallon pitcher and add remaining water to make 1 gallon

Make Quick Sweet Tea!

You make this recipe even faster with the same recipe, but with these changes!

Wait... Don't order Sweet Tea. - Make it To-Go!

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Sweet Tea Recipe Video - by the iPhone Chef

With raw sugar, little smidgen of Baking Soda, and a lemon slice.

Paula Deen's Sweet Tea Recipe

Includes Lemon and Mint

  • This recipe is from "Paula Deen & Friends." She says she makes hers sweeter than her mother did.

Paula Deen's Sweet Tea


  • 8 cups water, divided
  • 7 tea bags
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Fresh mint sprigs
  • Lemon wedges


1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a kettle.

2. Add the tea bags to the kettle and turn off the heat immediately.

3. Place the lid on the kettle and allow the tea to steep for 1 hour.

4. Remove the tea bags and pour the tea into a pitcher.

5. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve.

6. Add 4 cups cold water.

7. Serve over ice with a sprig of mint and a lemon wedge in each glass.

Makes 2 quarts, about 10 servings.


Recipe Credit: Pittsburg Live

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Carolina Iced Tea

When your Sweet Tea needs a little Alcohol Kick!

Carolina Iced Tea


  • 6 oz Southern Comfort peach liqueur
  • 4 oz Captain Morgan Original spiced rum
  • 4 oz peach schnapps
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 20 oz sweet iced tea


1. Add alcohol and stir lightly.

2. Pour in iced tea. Stir a few more times and serve.

Yield: 4 servings.

Note: Add a splash of lemon and garnish with a twist for a classy drink or serve in a mason jar for a real down-home feel.


Credit: Drinks Mixer.

Are you a Fan of Making Your Own Sweet Tea?

I hope you enjoy these Sweet Tea Recipes as much as I do.

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© 2017 Beth Webster-Duerr

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      3 years ago

      Looks very easy to make this sweet tea recipe. Can't wait to try it.

    • peachpurple profile image


      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love boh tea, the teh tarik flavor with ice.

      is that your garden ?

      huge and spacious

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      clouda9 lm 

      8 years ago

      Congrats on your Summer Festival of Food monsterboard feature.

    • KateHonebrink profile image


      8 years ago

      I love, love, love sweet tea!! Great sweet tea recipes! Can't wait to try them all! Congrats on being featured on the summer festival of food monsterboard!

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      9 years ago

      Ahhhhhhh..Sweet Tea. I was making tea at the 6 years old. If there isa glass around to be had then it will be in my hand. I love sweet tea!

    • Kiwisoutback profile image


      10 years ago from Massachusetts

      I'm a big fan of sweet tea in the bottle, but I've never made it myself. Sounds simple enough to make (and probably tastes a lot better than the canned teas). Thanks for the tips!

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      Rhonda Albom 

      10 years ago from New Zealand

      I will have to give a few of these a try.

    • VSP profile image


      10 years ago

      I had sweet tea for the first time last summer and loved it.

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image


      10 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I admit I am a sweet tea addict! I'll try out your flavor variations over the summer for a fun taste twist! Yummy! :D (Notice big smiley face!)

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      Indigo Janson 

      10 years ago from UK

      These sweet tea recipes sound absolutely delicious! My favourite summer tea is mint.

    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      11 years ago from Canada

      I love it, and with summer right around the corner, this is the perfect time for an article on ice tea :)

    • bigjoe2121 profile image


      11 years ago

      looks yummy. mmmmmmm. mjust try the mint sprigs

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      clouda9 lm 

      11 years ago

      With all the fuss I had it in my head that sweet tea was so much more. Would love to try your recipe - it's a no duh which I appreciate for sure!


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