Classic Sweet Tea is a staple beverage in the American South, where it is often enjoyed on hot summer days and with meals. This beloved tea is simple to make and can be prepared in a relatively short amount of time. is sure to please a crowd with its refreshing and sweet taste.


  • 6-8 tea bags (regular or decaf)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 cups water
  • Ice
  • Lemon wedges (optional)


  1. To make Classic Sweet Tea, begin by bringing 8 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan.
  2. Once the water has boiled, remove the saucepan from heat and add 6-8 tea bags to the water, depending on how strong you prefer your tea.
  3. Allow the tea bags to steep for 5-10 minutes, then remove them from the saucepan.
  4. Add 1 cup of granulated sugar to the tea and stir until the sugar has dissolved completely.
  5. Let the sweetened tea cool to room temperature.
  6. Pour the tea into a large pitcher and chill in the refrigerator until it’s cold.
  7. When ready to serve, fill a glass with ice and pour the cold sweet tea over the ice.
  8. Add a lemon wedge for an extra burst of flavor, if desired.


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