Sip A Little South: How To Make Sweet Tea The Right Way

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Sweet summer sippin' has never been so easy.

I grew up hydrating in the summer with glass after glass of sweet, cold, delicious tea. And no one can make it better than my Mama. Not Bojangles, not McDonalds, forget about it. And it's so, so easy. But be warned, if you're sweet tea naive, this stuff is addictive..


  • 6 regular-sized black tea bags (I grew up on Lipton. I can't guarantee the outcome with any other kind)
  • 2 cups water + more to top off your pitcher (you'll be making a gallon)
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Lemon wedges (Totally optional. I'm a purest and prefer my tea sans lemon)


  1. Add 2 cups of water to small pot. Submerge tea bags into the water and place on stove top.
  2. Bring to a boil. Allow the tea to boil for ~30 seconds and then remove from heat. Now for the essential step--allow the tea to steep for 15 minutes.
  3. While the tea is steeping, add sugar to your gallon sized pitcher. Fill pitcher ~1/2 way with warm water and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Once the tea is done steeping, remove the tea bags and pour the steeped tea into the pitcher.
  5. Top off the pitcher as needed with more water. Stir.
  6. Chill for 1-2 hours before serving.
  7. To serve, pour in glasses filled with ice (Mason jars are way cool). Garnish with wedge of lemon for those that prefer a citrus twist.

Make my mama proud and do your sweet tea right.

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