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Summer needs ice cold sweet tea.  I had to marry a Georgia boy before I truly enjoyed drinking it, and now there is no other way to drink tea.  It’s actually how I define whether you live in the south or not… if you know to add your sugar before the ice then you are officially a southerner.  We measure the boundaries of the South based on where the sweet tea ends (maybe that’s how they gauged where the Mason-Dixon line was. j/k). If you bring me a glass of ice tea with sugar on the side, then you are hopelessly lost.

There isn’t a meal out there that sweet tea doesn’t make better.  If you want to dress it up for something fancy add some raspberries, peaches, or mint, or go old school with a slice of lemon.  My favorite is actually lemon and fresh mint!

Lipton Tea is the staple in our house, particularly the decaf kind since we drink so much of it (and every age group loves it).  Technically tea is the perfect zero calorie drink… but not once I get a hold of it.  Even with a cup of sugar for the entire pitcher it only comes to about 100 calories a glass.  Not too bad, right? Well, we don’t drink it because it’s necessarily good for you. It’s the south. It’s HOT outside. It tastes good!

You can watch the video above (and sing along) to see just how easy it is to make sweet tea.  Here’s the typed out directions for you too though.

How to Make Southern Sweet Tea

Makes 2 quarts.
Put 2 Lipton Family Size Tea Bags in a microwave safe dish.
Add 2 cups water.
Cook for 2 minutes.
Wait for 2 minutes.
Put a scant cup of sugar in your pitcher. (scant: almost but not quite)
Pour hot tea into the pitcher and mix together (while still hot).
Add more water until the pitcher is full.

A few things to not do:

  • Don’t add the ice until you are about to serve.  No one likes weak tea.
  • Don’t add the ice before the sugar.  It’s mean and cruel and forces every southerner to drink gritty tea.
  • Never host a party with just one pitcher.

super quick southern sweet tea

super quick southern sweet tea

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    • Melanie

      Great topic and video. Please do tell the size of your container. I make mine in a gallon pitcher, and many folks use a 2 quart. I could not tell the size you are using.

      • janene

        I think each “family size” tea bag is for 1 quart. So her recipe would make 2 quarts.

    • guest

      get some sugar and place in a cup of the already brew tea place in the microwave to dissolve the sugar re add to the tea and not gritty tea- plus it save the a lot of sugar- none at the bottom of the pitcher

    • Rebecca

      I’m a midwesterner “transplanted” to the south and I quickly adopted sweet tea as my favorite drink. I went “back home” and ordered sweet tea at a national chain “sit down and eat restaurant” and the waitress (who was not a native English speaker) said politely, “I bring you tea; you make it sweet yourself” and pointed to the sugar packets on the table…that is definitely NOT “sweet tea.” That was 10+ years ago so things may have changed since sweet tea is more popular now than it was back then. We all love (properly made) sweet tea at our house. :)

    • Katie C.

      Don’t forget the baking soda trick! Add a 1/4 tsp of baking soda while the tea is still hot to take away any bitterness.

    • Jenn

      Takes more sugar than that down in south Alabama. I usually use 1 and 1/2 cups of sugar, but I know people who use more (too sweet). I boil mine on the stove also. Funny topic, but near to my southern heart! ????

    • Mom2Mom

      Have mercy. That’s not the way we do it in the south. You put your water In a pot just for tea on the stove and bring to a boil. Remove it and add 3 family tea bags cover and let set. Use about 1 and 1/2 cups sugar and pour enough warm tea to mealt sugar. Then add the rest and continue to run cold water over tea bags until you fill pitcher. If I would have ever used a microwave to make southern sweet tea my Grandma would have banned me from the south….Bless people’s heart.

      • Judy Strobolakos

        YES!!! This is how we do it too. Less than 1 cup of sugar is just blasphemy. And another big don’t: NEVER squeeze the tea bags. It gets bitter if you do.

    • Judy Strobolakos

      Another tip: never cover the pitcher until the tea has cooled. It will go bad faster (of course it gets drunk too quickly for that in my house).