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Best Southern Sweet Tea Recipe


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


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


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.