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Homemade Sweet (Iced) Tea: an essential summertime beverage

This simple southern drink recipe is a lifesaver for hot August days

Sweet tea is a classic summertime beverage. It is actually a sweetened iced tea that is a popular summertime drink throughout the United States, and all year round in Southern states. It is a delightful and refreshing drink that is sure to hit the spot on any hot summer day. Below are seven easy steps to create the perfect homemade sweet tea.

As a song from Taylor Swift says:

“You can get high on a first kiss. You can get by with sweet tea and God’s graces.”

Recipe: Homemade Sweet (Iced) Tea



  • 6 cups water
  • 6 black tea bags
  • *¾ cup sugar
  • Lemon slices for garnish (Optional)
  • Honey for additional added sweetness (Optional)
  • *Amount of sugar added will vary according to individual liking and preference.

Note: This makes 6 - 8 servings of 8 oz each cup

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  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Once the water begins to boil, turn off the heat.
  2. Add ½ cup of sugar into the hot water, and stir well until all of the sugar has been combined.
  3. Add 6 tea bags into the hot water and steep for 15 minutes.
  4. After 15 minutes, remove the tea bags.
  5. Add 4 cups of water and ¼ cup of sugar into the tea mixture, and stir well to combine.
  6. Transfer the sweet tea into a container or pitcher, and place into the refrigerator for at least one hour to chill.
  7. When ready to serve, give the sweet tea a few good stirs. Then pour into individual cups, and place a few to several ice cubes in each cup, if desired. You can also add a slice of lemon in the sweet tea, or a drizzle of lemon juice from the lemon slice in the sweet tea, for a hint of citrus flavor. Or you can place the slice of lemon on the side of the cup as decor. Feel free to also add a drizzle of honey to the sweet tea, for a hint of additional sweetness and honey flavor.