There’s nothing better than an ice-cold glass of {real} southern sweet tea.
Though I was born in the south, I think it’s safe to say, I was raised a yanky. Therefore after marrying my husband, {more southern roots} I learned how to make this family favorite.Growing up my family made our tea way different, and I rather enjoy the good old southern tea just a bit better.

Though over the years we have limited the sugar intake, due to health choices. Once in awhile we’ll get a pot going of pure southern sweet tea! And boy is it a wonderful glass of summer, no matter what time of the year!

I believe since I was born in the south, I’ve got enough southern blood, to be able to pass along some sweet southern goodness to ya’ll.  ::wink::


Course: Beverages

Serves: 1 Gallon


  • 10-12 tea bags {Luzianne} {Lipton} if not available
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 dash of baking soda { important! }
  • ice cubes


  1. Fill a small saucepan with water. Add 2 cups of sugar.
  2. Add a dash of baking soda to the water & sugar, bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
  3. Next add your tea bags, and allow to steep for 20-30 minutes.
  4. After tea has sat, go ahead and remove tea, bags and pour tea syrup into a one gallon pitcher. Fill with cold water to the top.
  5. Next fill your cups with ice, pour in glasses and enjoy a little taste of summer, from the south. Enjoy!
  6. Tip: Tie tea bags together and remove the tags, for easier handling.
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Helpful Tip:

I tie my tea bags together and remove the tags, for easier handling.


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