Easy to Make Sweet Tea Recipe

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Ready for a quick and refreshing drink for those hot days? This sweet tea recipe will become your new favorite. It’s best served cold with lots of ice and lemon, too.

Easy to Make Sweet Tea Recipe

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Can I double this Sweet Tea Recipe?

Yes! We almost always double this recipe. It gets drank up faster than ever, especially when it’s warm outside. There is nothing like a good old fashioned glass of iced tea on a hot day! 

Can I flavor this sweet tea recipe? 

This is a pretty standard tea recipe. I’m sure there are readers in the South who will say that flavoring iced tea is basically murder BUT yes, you can. If you want to infuse some fruit flavor into your tea you can certainly add some fresh fruit! 

Some flavors that I think would be delicious are lemon (easy and obvious) but also other citrus fruits, some raspberries, and even blueberries or strawberries would add a nice flavor. 

What Ingredients Do I Need for this Recipe?

  • 3 C of water in a large pot
  • 2 Luzianne Family size Tea Bags
  • 1 C sugar
  • 7 C of water in a pitcher
  • Ice
  • Lemons, if you prefer, but it isn’t real Southern sweet tea if you add lemons!

Sweet tea in a glass with a lemon slice and flowers in the background with polka dot table cloth underneath.

Easy Sweet Tea Recipe Directions:

  1. Bring the 3 C of water to a boil.
  2. Add the tea bags.
  3. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove tea bags
  5. While tea is still hot add the 1 C of sugar, stirring well.
  6. Grab the pitcher with water pour in the hot tea and sugar mixture.
  7. Stir well.
  8. Add sliced lemons if you prefer.
  9. Add ice
  10. Keep chilled and serve cold. 

How much does this recipe make? 

This is more than a half gallon but less than a gallon if that makes sense. Depending on how much ice you add you’ll need a gallon sized container to serve it up. If you prefer a more weak tea flavor you might add more water and then you would be at almost a gallon for each batch. 

I don’t like my tea too sweet, will I still like this? 

You can definitely adjust the sugar to taste. I’m not crazy about overly sweet tea either and since each batch is a little different I usually add about half and let it sit a bit and then see how I like the flavor. 

Once you add the sugar you can’t take it back so add it slowly if you prefer a less sweet recipe! You can always add more…it’s hard to take it back 🙂 

Sweet tea in a glass on the left with lemon slice on edge of glass with full pitcher sitting next to the glass on the right. Flowers in background. Polka dot table cloth on table.

Can I add some mint to this tea recipe? 

You can try it! I’ve never done that. Usually when I’m in the mood for mint tea I go out and grab some of the fresh mint that grows wild around the house and make a batch of mint tea! I would think the mint and the sweet tea flavors might clash but if you try it definitely let us know how it comes out. 

Does this recipe taste like store bought tea? 

No! This is a brewed tea tasting sweet tea recipe. I think the store bought stuff is kind of gross to be honest with you. If that’s the flavor you are looking for you are probably going to be disappointed with this recipe. This easy sweet tea definitely has a brewed tea taste. 

Printable Easy Sweet Tea Recipe: 

Yield: 12 Cups

Easy to Make Sweet Tea Recipe

Easy to Make Sweet Tea Recipe

Ready for a quick and refreshing drink for those hot days? This sweet tea recipe will become your new favorite. It's best served cold with lots of ice and lemon, too.

Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • * 3 C of water in a large pot
  • * 2 Luzianne Family size Tea Bags
  • * 1 C sugar
  • * 7 C of water in a pitcher
  • * Ice
  • * Lemons, if you prefer, but it isn't real Southern sweet tea if you add lemons!

Instructions

  1. Bring the 3 C of water to a boil.
  2. Add the tea bags.
  3. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove tea bags
  5. While tea is still hot add the 1 C of sugar, stirring well.
  6. Grab the pitcher with water pour in the hot tea and sugar mixture.
  7. Stir well.
  8. Add sliced lemons if you prefer.
  9. Add ice
  10. Keep chilled and serve cold

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1 Cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 76 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 8mg Carbohydrates: 20g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 19g Protein: 0g
I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.

Do you have any other great recipes for me to try? 

I sure do! Here are some of my favorites! 

Sweet tea in a pitcher on a table with a glass next to it with some sweet tea and ice in it with a lemon slice and a yellow and white paper straw. Flowers in the background.

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