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Sweet Tea

In this post I am sharing how to make Simple Southern Sweet Tea.

It’s true, we southerners love our sweet tea. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been in a restaurant in another part of the country and sure enough, when they ask me what I would like to drink ~ out comes sweet tea.

The server usually will smile at me and let me know they do not have sweet tea there. I think they can tell by my accent already where I’m from and understand I just couldn’t help myself.

Here in the South everybody serves sweetened iced tea. We keep a pitcher in the fridge at all times in case we have company. I’m going to share an easy recipe that eliminates boiling water etc.

Here is what you’ll need:

3 Lipton Cold Brew Tea Bags
1 Gallon size Pitcher
1 1/2 cups of Sugar
Lemon – optional

First from the faucet – wait for the water to run hot and put about 2″ of hot water in the pitcher.

Add the sugar and stir until it is completely dissolved. Next add your 3 tea bags and fill the pitcher the rest of the way with cold water. Let the tea stand for  20 minutes, remove the tea bags, stir and refrigerate.

You can also serve immediately. It’s just that easy.  


House Wine of the South

Yield: 1 Gallon

Southern Sweetened Iced Tea

House wine of the South

Sweetened iced tea, the house wine of the South.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 3 Cold Brew Tea Bags (I used Lipton)
  • 1 Gallon of Water
  • 1.5 c Granulated Sugar


  1. Fill the bottom 2 inches of a gallon pitcher with hot tap water; add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
  2. Next, add the tea bags and fill the remaining pitcher with cold water.
  3. Allow to stand 8-10 minutes to "cold brew" then stir.
  4. Serve with ice, lemon or mint (if desired)

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 147Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 0gSugar: 38gProtein: 0g

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Tuesday 31st of October 2017

nice post

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