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Homemade Sweet Tea Recipe

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 97kcal
Homemade sweet tea is the ultimate in summer drinks.  Easy to make, refreshing and a Southern classic.
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For the Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar granulated, super-fine, organic, coconut or brown

For the Iced Tea:

  • 7 cups water
  • 2-3 family-size cold brew tea bags


For the Simple Syrup:

  • In a small saucepan set over medium heat, bring water to a boil. Add sugar, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and pour the simple syrup into a heat-resistant, airtight jar to cool completely (and store).

For the Tea:

  • In a ½ gallon pitcher, pour 8 cups water over 2 family-size, cold brew tea bags. Allow the tea to infuse the water at least 5 minutes and up to 15 minutes. Discard the tea bags.

For Serving Sweet Tea:

  • Pour sweet tea into glasses and allow each person to sweeten his/her own tea with the Simple Syrup. Stir and add ice.
  • Garnish with lemon slices, orange slices, raspberries and/or mint leaves.
  • Enjoy!



Keep Simple Syrup refrigerated, in an airtight jar, up to 1 month.


Serving: 8ounces | Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Sodium: 13mg | Sugar: 25g | Calcium: 7mg