What's more Southern than sweet iced tea? I've lived in Florida all my life, yet I'm not a huge fan of the overly sweet iced tea that is popular here in the South. My grandma has made this version for as long as I can remember and it is the BEST!! Not too sweet, and not too bitter...and the fresh lime juice --- amazing!!!

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pour the water into a gallon sized jar over the tea bags. Allow to steep for 45 minutes. Remove and discard the tea bags. Stir in the sugar and lime juice until the sugar has dissolved. Cool to room temperature; refrigerate until cold before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

74.9 calories; 0 g protein; 19.5 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 7.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2009
Oh my goodness! I just saw that this recipe was published (I'm the submitter). Just an FYI - you could CERTAINLY add more/less sugar if you'd like. The amount of sugar that I indicated is just what my family & I prefer. Also, you could use more/less lime juice too :) BUT - the only thing that I'd like to emphasize is that using FRESH lime juice is so.... much better than using bottled. (There is a huge difference, in my opinion, in the flavor). Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/19/2011
It's good but I prefer it made with green tea and sweet and low in proportions of 1:1:1 (either spoon of loose tea or bag one packet sweetener and 1 Tbsp lime juice. Read More
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105 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 75
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2009
Oh my goodness! I just saw that this recipe was published (I'm the submitter). Just an FYI - you could CERTAINLY add more/less sugar if you'd like. The amount of sugar that I indicated is just what my family & I prefer. Also, you could use more/less lime juice too :) BUT - the only thing that I'd like to emphasize is that using FRESH lime juice is so.... much better than using bottled. (There is a huge difference, in my opinion, in the flavor). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2009
My grandma used to make a variation of this tea. We used 1 (small) can of frozen limeade instead of juicing all those limes. Its DEElicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2009
This is lovely. So different from your usual teas. My husband drank near the whole darn thing by himself! I think I'd like to do half with Splenda and the other half with sugar next time and hide my half from the husband. NOTE: I have found limes super cheap at my local asian market. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2009
This is a wonderful twist to the tea my family & I always drink (regular black tea). We usually do 1c of sugar for a gallon but I found it necessary to add the extra 1/2c because of the limes' flavor. My fiance wasn't too fond of it (he's not a lime person) but my son and I thought it was wonderful! I may try to add a some lemon juice in there next time (2 lemons & 2 limes) just to see how that goes. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/02/2010
A not too strong not too sweet tea with a subtle fresh lime flavor. And because it's neither too strong nor too sweet it's particularly refreshing and thirst-quenching. Nice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2009
I agree with Faith s opinion. I like sweets but the iced-tea which I made was tasteless. I had to make the iced-tea during class so I only had 20 minutes. I needed more time to steep for 45minutes. If I had made the iced-tea by the recipe I got it would have been perfect. I think that it couldn t be better. If you don t have enough time please make it strong and then put the ice in. I recommend that you eat fruit and snacks with this ice-tea. And you can juice other fruits such as lemons peaches and oranges. You can choose your own flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2009
Tried this once and found it to be too weak (even though I steeped it the full 45 minutes) plus it needed a little more sugar to offset the tartness of the limes. Made it again with 8 tea bags and 2 cups sugar and liked it much better. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2009
This is one of the best iced teas I have ever had! I'm on a lime "kick" right now so I really really love it! The balance of sweet/tart flavors is perfect and the tea is so refreshing. Thanks for sharing this recipe; I will be making it again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2012
To save time and energy do not boil the whole gallon unless it's for safety. Boil two cups. This will be enough to both steep the tea in and dissolve the sugar in. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/19/2011
It's good but I prefer it made with green tea and sweet and low in proportions of 1:1:1 (either spoon of loose tea or bag one packet sweetener and 1 Tbsp lime juice. Read More
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