This sweet tea is found in houses, churches, and cafes all over the great state of Alabama. If you're north of the Mason-Dixon, you've NEVER had tea this good! Fresh-squeezed lemon, lime, or orange juice can be added for an extra flavor.

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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 sugar into a large pitcher. Bring water to a boil in a large pan. When the water begins to boil, remove from the heat, and place the teabags in. Let steep for 5 to 6 minutes.

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  • Remove tea bags, and return tea to the heat. Bring just to a boil, then pour into the pitcher, and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Fill the pitcher half way with ice, and stir until most of it melts. Then fill the pitcher the rest of the way with cold water, and stir until blended.

Nutrition Facts

96.8 calories; 0 g protein; 25 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 4.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2008
This tea was wonderful but I did cut the sugar to a little over one cup. The only problem I had was when I poured the boiling water into the glass pitcher it cracked. Thinking it was an old pitcher I bought a new one and the same thing happen again. So I now disolve the sugar in the pan of hot tea and when that cools I pour it into a glass pitcher. NOTE: I only use a stainless steel pan to make my tea. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/01/2007
Anyone in the Souoth knows that sweet tea is the ONLY tea! However 2 cups of sugar for 1/2 gallon of tea is TOO much.(You don't want syrup) Cut the sugar by half at least and you will have good tea. Read More
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176 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 118
  • 4 star values: 36
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2008
This tea was wonderful but I did cut the sugar to a little over one cup. The only problem I had was when I poured the boiling water into the glass pitcher it cracked. Thinking it was an old pitcher I bought a new one and the same thing happen again. So I now disolve the sugar in the pan of hot tea and when that cools I pour it into a glass pitcher. NOTE: I only use a stainless steel pan to make my tea. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2010
I'm a southern girl through and through and I loved this tea! My husband thought it was too sweet for him though. Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/23/2006
Would be 5 stars if the recipe toned down the sugar a bit. I used 1-1/2 cups and even think I can get away with making it with 1-1/4 cups. 2 cups to me would be way too sweet. I didn't have family size tea bags and used 4 regular size. UPDATE- My Bf is in love with this tea he said its the best. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/01/2007
Anyone in the Souoth knows that sweet tea is the ONLY tea! However 2 cups of sugar for 1/2 gallon of tea is TOO much.(You don't want syrup) Cut the sugar by half at least and you will have good tea. Read More
(63)
Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2006
This was so good! I only made a 2-quart pitcher, so I used 2 tea bags and 1 cup of sugar and it was perfect! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2007
My daughter and I love this tea. Make no mistake this tea is heavy on the sweet! I've cut the sugar down to 1 1/2 cups and still get a very sweet tasty tea. Don't worry if you don't have orange-pekoe tea on hand - I've made this using 7 regular sized Liptons Natural Tea and the results were very still very good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/04/2006
Thank GOODNESS for this recipe! My husband and I moved from Tennessee to Illinois 3 years ago and can't get a glass of sweet tea ANYWHERE up here! If we take a sip of this sweet tea and close our eyes we could almost believe we were back in Knoxville! I did cut back the sugar to 1 1/2 C maybe because I've been living above the Mason-Dixon too long:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2005
This makes authentic southern iced tea...so authentic I had to cut the sugar down to one cup. For the best results use Luzianne brand tea bags and add a wedge of lemon. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/15/2009
i wanted to drop a helpful hint in regards to the reviewer that cracked two pitchers with hot tea.i do not remember who told me this i just remember after cracking my first tea pitcher so many years ago,someone told me to put a butter knife into the pitcher before pouring in the hot tea. the metal attracts the heat and keeps it from cracking the glass.and i have not cracked one since. hope this helps yall too. Read More
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