Best Southern Sweet Tea Recipe

Best Southern Sweet Tea Recipe
Staff Writer
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In the South, tea is really just an excuse to sip a whole sugarcane’s worth of sweetness in one glass.

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8
Servings
336
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Luzianne brand tea bags are usually considered critical for imparting that classic Southern sweet tea flavor.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups water, divided
  • 10 regular-sized bags of black tea
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • Fresh lemon, sliced into rounds
  • Mint sprigs

Directions

Bring two cups of water to a rolling boil, then add baking soda. Pour water over tea bags. Let the tea steep for just about five minutes, then remove bags.  Add a cup of sugar while the tea is still very hot and stir to dissolve. Meanwhile, prepare a pitcher filled with remaining water and ice. Pour tea and sugar mixture into the pitcher and stir. Garnish with lemon rounds and fresh mint sprigs.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
13g
19%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Carbohydrate, by difference
48g
37%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin A, RAE
260µg
37%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
2µg
2%
Calcium, Ca
160mg
16%
Choline, total
10mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
9g
36%
Folate, total
104µg
26%
Iron, Fe
12mg
67%
Magnesium, Mg
55mg
17%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
7mg
50%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
169mg
24%
Selenium, Se
12µg
22%
Sodium, Na
125mg
8%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
168g
6%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Southern Shopping Tip

Southern food is a mixture of Native American, Creole, and European influences. Staples of this comfort food include corn (in all its forms), honey, chicken, pork, and seafood, all easily found at any neighborhood grocery store.

Southern Cooking Tip

Southern and comfort food is often rich and heavy, be sure to include lots of greens and vegetables with these dishes.