Southern Sweet Tea



2 quarts water, divided
1/2 cup sugar or stevia (more if desired)
6-10 standard tea bags or 4-6 large tea bags
mint leaves, sliced oranges or lemons


Boil 1 quart of water with sugar to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and add tea bags, steeping 3-5 minutes. Remove tea bags and pour into half gallon pitcher. Add remaining 1 quart of water and ice to fill. Add mint or citrus for added refreshment.


Makes 1 half gallon

Preparation Time

5 Minutes

Total Time

15 Minutes

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Southern Sweet Tea

Lipton makes a tea bag with this name and takes 2 family size bags. I tried it and it was to sweet for me so I added more water to weaken it. Being from the south, I'm still not a tea drinker but trying to get off diet soda so gave this tea a try. It already has sucralose in it so no need for sugar unless you like extra sweet. I prefer the real way!!

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I have made this tea with stevia and loved it. Do you think the taste is different to the version made with sugar? Any recipes for peach tea?
Charlene..all the way from Malta in the Med