Perfect Southern Sweet Tea

Perfect Southern Sweet Tea – Here’s The Secrets

I finally found out how my Granny made perfect southern sweet tea. Why did my southern Granny neglect to pass along these secrets?


Well, I don’t know the answer to that. Maybe she figured everybody already knew.  But I’ll bet this technique is why her tea was always so much better than mine.

I’m passing these Southern Sweet Tea secrets on to you so you can make it regardless of where you live! This is the true “House Wine of The South!”.

Use The Right Tea: Use Lipton or Luzianne family-sized tea bags. These are black tea which is classic southern. They’re labeled as “iced tea bags” because they don’t turn cloudy when refrigerated. These are not cold brew bags, but iced tea bags that require hot water.

Add Baking Soda: A pinch of baking soda makes a world of difference in a pitcher of freshly brewed sweet tea. It neutralizes the tannins in black tea, giving it a smoother taste.

Use your own judgment for the amount of sugar!

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Perfect Southern Sweet Tea – House Wine of The South
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Steeping Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

This is how to make Perfect Southern Sweet Tea.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Perfect Southern Sweet Tea
Servings: 6
Calories: 135 kcal
  • 5 - 8 Family size Tea Bags. or 12 regular Tea Bags #1 Luzianne or #2 Liptons Brand Teas.
  • 1 Quart 4 Cups - Boiling Water
  • 3 Quarts 12 cups - Cool Water
  • 1 1/2 - 2 Cups Sugar.
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  1. Sprinkle the baking soda into a pitcher

  2. Add the tea bags to the pitcher/baking soda, Pour boiling water over the tea bags, cover and allow to steep for 15 minutes.

  3. Remove and toss out the tea Bags. Add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Add cool water.

  4. Refrigerate until cold and ready to drink.

  5. Serve over ice with a squeeze of lemon if you like. Take a nice long sip. Swoon. Repeat.


Ya’ll Enjoy this Perfect Southern Sweet Tea!!

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