Sweet Tea is a perfectly brewed, smooth, and crisp Southern-style cold or Iced Drink. It is traditionally made with simple ingredients like black tea powder, sugar, and water. It is one of the simplest iced drinks that requires only under 15 minutes to make.
What is Sweet Tea?
Sweet Tea is a classic Southern-style cold drink that has its origin in Virginia, United States of America. In the olden days, this tea was typically made with green tea but then it was shifted to Black tea during World War II. As green tea imports were cut off from Japan, the United States changed over to Black tea from India.
It is one of the kitchen-staple drinks that you will find in most of the Southerner's homes. And you could also find a lot of brands in the food markets too. But making a cup of the perfect drink with a perfectly balanced sweet and strong flavor of the tea is always a miracle. So here you will learn how to make a Sweet Tea that is bitter-less, perfectly sweet, and smooth in texture. So let's see what you will need to make this refreshing drink below.
More Iced Drinks Recipes
- Iced Tea
- Iced Black Coffee
- Cold Brew Coffee
- Iced Coffee
- Vietnamese Coffee
- Iced Chai Tea Latte
- Dirty Chai Latte
- Black Tea Powder - I have used orange pekoe black tea powder here but you can also use your favorite brand's powder or tea bags. To name a few Lipton, Tetley, and similar others.
- Sugar - Usually sugar or sugar syrup is used to sweeten the tea but you can also other sweeteners if sugar is not in your preferred ingredients list
- Water- For brewing and diluting
How to Make Sweet Tea at Home?
This Sweet Tea is a well-balanced drink that is smooth, sweet, and filled with strong flavor and taste. The recipe delivers a bitter-less taste that you would love to taste every time. Let's check out how to make Sweet Tea below.
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- ¼ cup Black Loose Tea Powder , or 6 black tea bags
- 2 ½ cups Water, for brewing tea powder
- 6 cups Water, for diluting tea
- 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- Ice Cubes, to serve
- Lemon slices, to serve
To prepare Sweet Tea
- In a saucepan pour 2½ cups of water and allow it to boil for 2 to 3 minutes
- Add ¼ cup of black tea powder or 6 tea bags and allow it to brew for 5 minutes
- Now switch off the heat and close the pan with the lid and allow it to steep for 3 minutes
- Filter the tea into a pitcher using a fine mesh strainer(if you are using tea bags then remove them from the tea)
- Now add 1 cup of sugar and mix well to dissolve the sugar
- Add the remaining 6 cups of cold water and dilute the tea mixture
- Now close the lid of the pitcher and refrigerate the tea for at least 2 hours(the more it is chilled more crisp taste can be achieved). Now the refreshing Sweet Tea is ready for you to taste and enjoy
- Serve this crisp Sweet Tea with a lot of ice cubes. You can also use lemon, and mint for a more refreshing taste and flavor
Chef's Notes and Tips
- Boiling the tea powder or bags in hot water helps to extract all the flavors from the tea powder
- Make sure not to boil the tea for more than 5 minutes which may turn the tea bitter even after diluting with water
- Diluting the strong tea in cold water gives a nice crisp and bitter-less Sweet Tea
- I have used white sugar to sweeten the tea and you can also add sugar syrup instead
- Refrigerating the tea for at least for 2 hours gives good flavor and I suggest keeping it for long hours to taste the best Southern Sweet Tea
- You can always make this Sweet Tea in bulk batches for a week and the more it is in the refrigerator gives more crisp flavor
- I have made this Sweet Tea using orange pekoe black tea powder here and you can also use your favorite brands to achieve the similar results
- I haven't used baking soda to cut off the bitterness of tea since my tea was balanced with the perfect strong bitter-less flavor of the tea. But you could feel free to use a pinch if you feel your tea is bitter
- Serve this Sweet Tea with a lot of ice cubes for a more cooling effect. You can also garnish with lemon and mint which is totally optional
Disclaimer: We’re not nutrition experts. Nutritional info is estimated and should be used as a guide. For precise details, consult a professional.
Serve this Sweet Tea with a lot of ice cubes and you could also add lemon slices and mint leaves for more refreshing flavors.
Always store this Sweet Tea in the refrigerator to get the perfect taste and flavor of the drink. You can also make it in bulk and it will stay good for up to a week in the refrigerator.