Sweet Tea Recipe – How To Make Sweet Tea!

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2 quarts water
3 regular size tea bags
3/4 cup sugar (more or less, to taste)


  1. Boil part of the water (about 3 cups). This doesn’t have to be precisely measured. Just estimate using enough so that when you pour it over the tea bags and sugar, it will cover them well.
  2. While the water is boiling, place the tea bags and sugar into a 2 quart pitcher.
  3. After the water boils, pour it over the tea bags and sugar.
  4. Cover and let it steep for 10-20 minutes, depending on the desired strength (at least 5 minutes if you are in a hurry). I let mine sit for 30 minutes or more.
  5. When the tea is steeped, gently stir it. You don’t want to break the tea bags.
  6. Add more cold water, up to the 2 quart line.
  7. Chill.


  • If I will be serving my sweet tea over ice, which is the way I love it, I will only add water to the 1 1/2 quart line instead of 2 quarts so that the tea does not get too diluted as the ice melts.
  • After you taste the tea, you can adjust the sugar and water in the recipe to your own preference.
  • For flavored sweet tea: Use 2 regular tea bags and one flavored tea bag (like peach or raspberry). This adds just the right amount of flavor to the tea. If you like lemon, toss in a slice!