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Southern-Style Sweet Tea

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  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 8
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A shady front porch and a glass of this iconic Southern beverage are the perfect combination for a warm summer afternoon.
By Paula Jones
Created Apr 9, 2012


  • 8 cups (2 quarts) cold water
  • 6 tea bags iced tea
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • Ice
  • Lemon slices, if desired
  • Fresh mint sprigs, if desired


  • 1
    Heat 4 cups of the water to boiling. In large heatproof bowl, place tea bags; pour boiling water over tea bags. Cover with foil; let steep 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags.
  • 2
    Add sugar to tea; stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour into large heatproof pitcher. Stir in remaining 4 cups cold water. Refrigerate until chilled.
  • 3
    Serve tea well chilled over ice, garnished with lemon and/or mint.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    If you can’t find tea bags labeled “iced tea” at your grocery store, use any type of black tea bag. If family-size tea bags are available, substitute 2 family-size bags for the 6 regular-size bags.
  • tip 2
    If you like your tea super-sweet, use 1 1/2 cups of sugar. If you’re preference isn’t as sweet, only add 1 cup.


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