How To Make Iced Sweet Tea (Video)

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A lot of folks have asked me how I make my sweet tea so today I’m bringing you a video showing you exactly how I do it. Hope you’ll join me for a glass!

This is how we make our sweet tea but everyone has their preference. If you prefer a weaker tea, use fewer tea bags. If you like it sweeter, taste it and then add more sugar to suit you. Note: Most restaurants use a much more sugar than this :). We always go through a full gallon a day (at least) but if you have any left you can just store it in the refrigerator and enjoy over the next day or two!

Sweet Tea

  • 5 Tea Bags*
  • 3/4 Cup sugar (more if you prefer)
  • Water

Remove tags from teabags and place in small pot. Fill up pot most of the way with water (exact amount doesn’t matter as long as the tea bags are covered and then some). Place on medium to medium high heat and bring just to a boil. Remove from stove eye and prepare your pitcher.

Fill pitcher halfway (or so) with cold water. Add your sugar**. Add hot tea. Stir until sugar is dissolved and fill remainder of pitcher with cold water. Serve over ice.

*We use Orange Pekoe tea but you can experiment with making iced tea with other teas as well. Earl Grey makes a delicious iced tea!

**I prefer to use Splenda or Ideal Sweetener in my tea but use the same amount as I would were I using sugar.

The trick to having a good smooth tasting tea is to avoid adding hot tea directly to the sugar or sugar directly to the hot tea. This scorches the sugar and creates a very bitter taste in your tea. To avoid this, place cold water in your pitcher first, add your sugar to that, and then pour in your hot tea.

If you have a traditional coffee maker, I talk about how to make sweet tea in that in this post.

Funny Family Stories of Sweet Tea

One time my mother was watching a television talk show and they were talking about how much Southerners love sweet tea. The host said “Well it’s no wonder, they’ve probably been drinking it since they were four!” Mama took objection to this and huffed “Four? I was putting it in your baby bottles by the time you were two!” ~giggles~

My Grandmother Lucille spent a great deal of time at the elbow of my Great Grandmother (Mama Reed) after she was married learning how to cook. A lot of the daughters in law and mothers gathered at Mama Reed’s house on Sundays to help prepare the big meal. Shortly after Grandmama joined the clan she was given the task of making the Sweet Tea. Back then it was made in a large glass recycled pickle jar. Grandmama poured the hot tea directly into the jar and set to stirring it up vigorously with a long handled metal spoon. A few clinks later and the jar shattered, sending sticky sweet tea all over Mama Reed’s clean kitchen floor. Everyone had a good and gracious laugh about it but Grandmama said “I liked to never got the sticky off’n that floor!”

How young were you when you started drinking sweet tea?

Do you have any special or funny memories of Sweet Tea in your family?

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Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored by Luzianne nor was I compensated for doing it. I just think it’s awfully good tea. I also think y’all need to go make some right now.

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  1. I Love your canisters! Could you tell me where they are from? I’ve never seen them anywhere up here in Canada. Thanks Wendy.

  2. I use Luzianne like you Christy, but my grandmother said the key to sweet tea is letting the tea steep for a couple hours. I always let mine steep for at lest 2-3 hours. And I would never dream of using any artificial sweeteners in my sweet tea. No diabetics in our house so real sugar it is!! I am actually experimenting with raw sugar with my next pot of tea. Hoping for good results.

  3. You are just the cutest little thing! That was a wonderful tip – my family loves iced tea – keep doing what you are doing. I love your recipes!

  4. My family loves sweet tea. Found a secret to take the bitterness out. Add 1/4 teaspoon of backing soda to 4 cups of bolling water then 3 large tea bags in a gallon container. When cool add enough water to make a gallon. Add your sugar or sweenter. Happy Tea!!!

  5. grew up in Fla drinking this! Now I live in MT, still drink it daily, made almost this way but now sweeten my tea with stevia for blood sugar regulation. My luxury is fresh squeezed lemons in my jug of tea! BTW, only sugar, stevia, agave syrup are natural sweeteners—please don’t put those artificial sweeteners in your food!

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