A tray filled with glasses of homemade sweet tea.

Classic Sweet Tea

  • Author: Serene
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x
  • Category: drink
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Sweet Tea. This home-brewed Southern Sweet Tea is smooth, refreshing, and simple. This classic southern drink is quick and easy to make at home. 




  • 2 cups water
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 large family size tea bags
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 cup ice


  • Lemon wedges
  • Mint leaves



  1. Pour 2 cups of water into a medium size saucepan over medium heat. 

  2. Stir in the sugar and baking soda. Continue to stir occasionally while the water heats. The sugar will disappear and the water will turn clear. Once the water reaches boiling point (small bubbles forming) remove from heat

  3. Dunk the tea bags a few times in the water, then leave the teabags in the water with the strings hanging over the side. After 10 minutes remove the bags.

  4. Pour the tea mixture into a large pitcher. Add in the remaining  4 cups of cold water and 1 cup of ice. The tea can be served immediately or placed in the refrigerator to chill even further. Can be stored for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. 


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 90
  • Sugar: 25 g
  • Sodium: 9 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 25 g

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