Southern Style Sweet Tea
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Classic and refreshing, this is the same sweet tea recipe my mom used to make!

Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: sweet tea
Servings: 12 -14
Calories: 96 kcal
  • 4 cups water plus more for filling pitcher
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 12 teabags
  • lemon wedges if desired
  1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil over high heat and stir in the sugar until dissolved.
  2. Turn off the heat and add the teabags.
  3. Steep for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove the teabags and transfer the tea to a gallon pitcher. 
  5. Fill the pitcher with water and chill. 
  6. Serve with lemon wedges and simple syrup, if desired.
Recipe Notes

Tea can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Nutrition Facts
Southern Style Sweet Tea
Amount Per Serving
Calories 96
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 4mg0%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 0g0%
Calcium 3mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.