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Southern Sweet Tea


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Southern Sweet Tea is the quintessential summer time drink at just about any outdoor gathering or picnic.  Although many of us drink it year-round, it just seems to be the perfect thirst quencher on a hot summer day.  It’s also the most quick and easiest of drinks to make.  Make this quick and easy delicious sweet tea for your next outdoor gathering.

Here’s how I make it…

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I fill a medium sauce pan with 6 cups of water, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 1/2 cups of sugar…

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Then I bring it to a boil and remove it from the heat…

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I use Louisiana Tea Bags…they’re my favorite, but use what you like…

perfectsweettea - 3 I place three family size tea bags in the sugar-water and let them steep for 6-8 minutes…

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Then I remove the tea bags and let the tea cool to room temperature…

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I pour it into a one gallon pitcher or dispenser and fill the pitcher the rest of the way full with cold water.  I mix it with a spoon and that’s it….How quick and easy!!

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Cindy @ My Country Table


Southern Sweet Tea

  • Author: Cindy Gibbs @ My Country Table
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Cook Time: 8
  • Total Time: 10


Southern & Sweet and the perfect thirst quencher on a hot summer day!



  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 family size tea bags
  • Cold Water
  • Ice


  1. Place the water, baking soda and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
  2. Place three family size tea bags in the hot sugar water and let steep for about 6-8 minutes and discard tea bags.
  3. Let tea cool to room temperature and pour into a one gallon pitcher or drink dispenser. Add cold water to make one gallon.
  4. Pour over ice to serve.


  • Make sure tea has completely cooled before pouring it into a glass pitcher or drink dispenser.
  • For an extra sweet tea use an additional 1/2 cup of sugar.


  • Serving Size: 8

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