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Southern Sweet Tea ~ So Easy

Easy Sweet Tea by Cupcakes and Crinoline

In this hot humid weather who doesn’t want a cold, refreshing drink either sipped slowly alone in the shade or shared with a group.  There is nothing {in my opinion} quite like fresh iced tea.  Instead of buying a powdered mix you can make up a batch of Southern Sweet Tea in under 15 minutes ~ some for now and some to chill for later.

Southern Sweet Tea


  • 6 cups of water ~ boiled
  • 6 tea bags {flavor of your choice}
  • 2 cups of sugar ~ more or less to taste
  • Garnish ~ mint leaves, lemon slices {optional}


  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add water above to a gallon sized hot/cold pitcher.
  3. Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
  4. Add teabags to water in pitcher and steep for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove tea bags.
  6. Add ice to fill pitcher.
  7. Garnish as desired.

And there you have it ~ Sweet Tea in under 15 minutes.

If you have a go to cold beverage or tea recipe you would like to share I would love to hear about it.

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Saturday 1st of June 2013

[...] ~ Traditional Southern Sweet Tea  ~ ready to drink in under 15 [...]

Karen Propes

Monday 22nd of April 2013

You hit it on the head with your receipe, I love tea, the only difference is when I boil the water in the pot, I take off heat and add teabags with little strings hanging on the outside and put a dinner plate over the top of the pot to steep. After steeping I just put in tea pitcher and stick in the fridge. It's funny being from the south I grew up drinking sweet tea, but some people just turn their noses up when you say sweet tea. Guess it's what you are use to. Good luck to all you new tea makers out there. May you always have a dollar in your pocket and a pitcher of tea in the fridge and you'll make it thru the day.

Mary Beth

Monday 22nd of April 2013

Such sweet sentiments! I'm a Northerner but have always dreamed of some day living in the South...I seem to have a Southern heart :)

Have a wonderful week and thank you so very much for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

Mary Beth

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Sunday 23rd of September 2012

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Michael Victor

Wednesday 1st of August 2012

Sweet tea is the best refreshment for these record breaking heat waves we are having. I like to let the hot sun do my brewing for me . Summer Sun Sweet Tea My choice of tea is Typhoo Tea. Equal amounts cups of water to tea bags . A large clear container ( glass preferably ) . A spot that the sun heats all day . Noonday sun works best for me . Add the bags to the water and set the container in the sun . Go about your daily business periodically check for desired strength . When ready . Sweeten to taste, sit back in the shade ,and chill


Thursday 2nd of August 2012

Thanks for the recipe, Michael. I used to have a sun tear jar but I decluttered my house and gave it away ~ kicking myself now!

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love

Sunday 15th of July 2012

I can't wait to try family loves sweet tea! Thanks so much for sharing :)