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Good ‘Ol Southern Sweet Tea

Good ‘Ol Southern Sweet Tea

by sunshine on September 7, 2009

There is nothing better than a nice tall glass of Southern Sweet Tea!  Here in the south you can’t live without sweet tea…and we mean SWEET tea!  Most people joke and say, “Would you like some tea with that sugar?!”  And that’s about right!  And it’s not just for summertime….we drink sweet tea all year round!

You’ll see in my picture that this tea is in a mason jar, which are used mainly for canning.  You’ll find in the south that many folks use mason jars for glasses as well.  It’s something that brings back fond memories for me because that’s how my grandmother served her sweet tea.  I loved it (and still do!).

Good ‘Ol Southern Sweet Tea

SouthernSweetTea

Printable Version: Good ‘Ol Southern Sweet Tea

Ingredients

  • 1 Gallon Water, divided
  • 7 Regular Size Tea Bags (with paper tag removed)
  • 2 Cups Sugar

Directions

Fill a medium sauce pan half way with water and place over medium high heat.  Pour in 2 cups of sugar and stir until dissolved.  Once sugar water mixture reaches a rapid boil, remove from heat.  Place 7 tea bags in saucepan and dunk into sugar water mixture a coup of times with a spoon.  Place lid on sauce pan and let steep for 5-6 minutes.  Fill a 1 gallon pitcher half-way with cool water and ice (this will help your tea cool much faster).  Once your tea has steeped for 5-6 minutes, pour tea into pitcher and throw tea bags away.  Add water to pitcher to reach 1 gallon.

Pour over ice and serve.

Enjoy!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Southern Fried Gal September 8, 2009 at 2:03 am

I'm sure my brother would LOVE this ratio of tea to sugar! Being a southern fried gal I'm almost ashamed to admit that I don't like my tea too sweet. When we go out I order it half sweet and half unsweet and it is usually just right for me. Ha!

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Mama Snyder September 8, 2009 at 9:31 am

I'm so not a tea person, but I frequently make this tea for parties and get raves on it!!!

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Suellen September 9, 2009 at 6:08 pm

My son loves this tea and so does my husband I make it all summer long

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Jessica September 15, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Mmmmmm! I grew up down south and now live up north where sweet tea is almost non-existent. Makes me reminisce a bit! Thanks for taking me back. I may just have to whip up a batch today!
http://www.justchowbella.com

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darnold23 September 15, 2009 at 11:52 pm

I grew up with my Nonnie's tea – probably half sugar and half tea! Now, I prefer it unsweetened…don't tell my Southern friends. I'm an Arkansas blogger as well. Great post and photos. Thanks for sharing. I'd love to invite you to join me at diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com for Crock Pot Wednesday.

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Monique September 21, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Yes! Finally an authentic Sweet Southern Ice Tea recipe!! It's all about the sugar! lol

Monique
http://www.yesdivascancook.com

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Elle September 21, 2009 at 7:21 pm

This looks wonderful! 🙂

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baguetterie September 22, 2009 at 12:57 pm

I could drink tea the whole day…thanks for this nice post:-)

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Amber Hayes September 25, 2009 at 3:45 am

I LOVE sweet tea. I live in Colorado and sweet tea is not very easily found here. (At least not good sweet tea). I will have to try this recipe. Thanks!

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yvonne harris May 16, 2010 at 8:52 am

My husband is a diabetic so i make this with splenda and it still tastes delicous! just use half the amount of splenda that you would sugar

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