Homemade Sweet Tea Southern Style

My Grandmother, Rozie, could make a mean batch of sweet tea…dang, it was really good…and ultra sweet! At our family gatherings, we have to warn everybody, “ya’ll, this is Rozie-tea” meaning, “if you don’t like Sweet Tea, Go Home!”homemade sweet tea

It’s no secret Southerner’s like their sweet tea and this recipe is not rocket-science, but just how we do it…every day.

First, you make a simple syrup which is equal parts sugar and water. Cook it over medium heat till the sugar dissolves. Next, brew some tea. There’s a couple of different methods in brewing tea, but I’ll just mention a few:

  1. Stove top: Bring about 3 cups of water to a boil; add in three tea bags; turn heat off and let steep
  2. Kettle Water: Bring a kettle of water to a whistle; place the tea bags in a large heat-tolerant pitcher; pour hot water over tea bags; let steep
  3. Coffee-Maker: Put three tea bags in the filter area; don’t use a coffee filter, just the tea bags; put about 3 cups of sugar in the coffee pot; add abut 10 cups of water to the coffee maker; turn on “brew”; once tea has filled the coffee pot, remove from coffee maker and stir gently to dissolve sugar; once sugar is dissolved, pour sweet tea into a pitcher; at this point, you can either add water or ice
    Southern Sweet Tea
    Cook Time
    15 mins
    Chilling Time
    15 mins

    Sweet tea is always welcome south of the Mason-Dixon line anytime of year!

    Course: Drinks
    Cuisine: Southern
    Servings: 8 glasses
    : 100 kcal
    Author: SmartyPantsKitchen
    • 3 tea bags
    • 3 cups sugar
    • 6 cups water divided
    1. Bring 3 cups of water to boil and add tea leaves; allow to steep for about 10 minutes; remove tea bags

    2. In a saucepan on medium heat, add 3 cups of water and 3 cups of sugar; cook and stir until sugar has dissolved; remove from heat and set aside

    3. In a large pitcher, combine sugar/water mixture and tea; stir thoroughly; refrigerate for at least 10 minutes

    4. Serve over ice and enjoy!

    Recipe Notes
    • Another way to brew Southern Sweet Tea is to use your coffee maker!
      • Place tea bags where the coffee filter goes (do not use a filter; just the tea bags)
      • Add sugar directly to the coffee canister
      • Add 8-10 cups of water to the coffee maker; turn it on
      • Once tea has brewed, remove canister from coffee machine and stir the tea gently to dissolve the sugar
      • Pour tea into large pitcher and let sit
      • Add ice to pitcher if tea appears too strong
      • Refrigerate
      • Serve in chilled glass over ice
    • If you prefer a sweeter tea, add more sugar; if you prefer a tea less sweet, either add less sugar or add more water
    • If you prefer no sugar, use a sugar substitute like stevia; about 1/3-1/4 cup  


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