Southern Sweet Tea – a refreshing Southern thirst-quencher drink made with only 5 simple ingredients and pretty customizable based on your preference. A perfect beverage for entertaining or simply for some “me time drink” at home.
I may be a west coast girl, but my heart somehow also belongs down south. And one of those Southern trademark that has been etched in my house for years is my deep liking to this Southern Sweet Tea or also called as the “house wine of the South”. The weather has been really funny in my neck of the woods – sometimes we feel as if it’s Summer and the next day it’s winter. I don’t know about you but am ready for summer already.
Afternoon tea time for me is usually some biscuits or cakes and a few glasses of this sweet tea. The sweeter my tea, the better (ssshhh..sweet tooth gal here. 😉 ) By the way that’s why it’s called sweet tea, if you find it too sweet to your liking, you can cut down the sugar or sub it with Splenda.
There’s nothing complicated about this drink, although, it requires a bit of work compared to using your powdered Lipton iced tea. I don’t mind that extra work though, ’cause believe me, there’s a huge difference between the two. The soothing, thirst quenching flavor of this homemade drink will take you to a summery and vibrant place. You’ll be obliged to keep a pitcher of this in your fridge.
Nothing could be better than a pitcher of homemade drink made from scratch, right?!
You can always add some lemon wedges or a sprig of mint to amp the flavor, and in my case, I added few slices of strawberries for added natural sweetness. For a grown up version, you can add a shot of your favorite liquor (I always go with Bourbon) with this one .
Keep it chilled before serving it for an ultimate satisfying sweet tea drink! Bottoms up!
Tips and Notes:
- Steep the tea longer for a stronger sweet tea flavor, if desired.
- Cut back or add more sugar depending on your preference. But if it’s your first time making this, you can start with this recipe.
- A simple syrup (a solution of sugar in water) brings sweetness to this recipe without worrying about loose sugar granules.
- Adding a little bit of baking soda to the mixture will remove any cloudiness resulting to a pitcher of crystal-clear and smooth sweet tea.
- You can add a shot of your favorite liquor for a grown up Friday night drink.
Southern Sweet Tea – a simple and refreshing Southern thirst-quencher drink made with only 4 ingredients and pretty customizable based on your preference. A perfect beverage for entertaining or simply for some “me time drink” at home.
- 5-6 tea bags
- 7-9 cups (1,656 - 2,129.3 mL) water , clean filtered water
- ⅛ baking soda , optional
- ¾ cup (150 g) or more granulated sugar , adjust to taste (omit if making simple syrup)
- lemon slices and/or strawberries , optional
- ¾ cup (150 g) sugar , more or less (adjust to taste) OR replace with honey, or any sweetener
- 1 cup (236.59 g) or more water
- mint leaves (optional)
In a medium saucepan combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil; keep stirring, until sugar has dissolved- about 5-7 minutes. Throw in mint if using any. Let it cool.
Bring about 2-3 cups water to a boil. Then add tea bags , and baking soda, . remove pot from heat.
Let sit 5-7 minutes. Add remaining water then remove tea bags from pot, add simple syrup , pour into a hot tea into jug, and stir well.
To serve, fill iced tea glasses with ice and pour the tea over the ice. Add strawberries and lemon slices, if desired.