Sweet Tea, the “Right” Way

So I am sure there are a million ways to make sweet tea. Adding sugar to a cold glass of tea, however, is not one of them. This is an easy way to make good, strong, sweet tea in just a few minutes.

We have sweet tea in the fridge all. summer. long. The Renaissance Man grew up all over the South, and can’t mow the lawn when it’s over 80 degrees without it. Since I grew up in a household with a dad who loves sugar and a mom from South Carolina, I am no stranger to the super-sweet drink. I just didn’t know how to make it “right”. But, since I am a good wife (or try to be), and my husband would shrivel up and die (or go through the McDonald’s drive through every day) without it, I figured this one out in a hurry.


  • 5 tea bags
  • 1 qt. boiling water
  • 1 qt. cold water
  • 1/2C. sugar

Step 1: Boil some water. I use my tea kettle. It seems appropriate.

Step 2: find a pitcher that holds two quarts. Now tie the five tea bag strings together.

Dangle them in the pitcher.

Step 3: Once the water is boiling, pour it into the pitcher with the teabags, enough to just cover them. Steep for 10 minutes. It will be very strong. That’s what you want. Once it’s done it will look like this:

Step 4: This is the important part. Add the 1/2C. sugar to the hot tea in the pitcher. Stir it. This ensures that the sugar melts and gets distributed evenly into the tea, instead of sitting at the bottom in a sugar cloud (you know what I mean).

Step 5: Once the sugar is totally dissolved, add enough cold water to fill the rest of the pitcher.

Put it in the fridge for the rest of the day to get cold.

This makes very sweet tea. TRM likes it that way. I could pour it into my hummingbird feeder and the hummers would be ecstatic. If you think it will be too sweet for you, use 1/3C. sugar.

Here’s to warmer weather!

The Wife

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3 thoughts on “Sweet Tea, the “Right” Way

  1. That’s almost exactly how Doug makes me make his tea. I hate iced tea (and all teas for that matter) and refuse to drink it. The only difference is he has me use sweet n low, not sugar. I actually wish he’d let me use sugar…the little bits of sweet n low powder that get in the air when you open the packets make me gag! I might try it next time I make some to see if he notices a difference… He has it down to a science-5 tea bags, boil a specific amount of water in a specific “just for tea” regular pot for 10 minutes, 13 packets of sweet n low, and fill the rest of the pitcher with cold water and chill.

  2. You’re now a true Southerner. That’s how my Mom and Grandmother (affectionally known as “Mama”) made tea when I was growing up. That’s how I always made iced tea until I got busy with “life” and started cutting corners. Then Dad started making “sun” tea. I still prefer it your way with LOTS of lemon. In the summer I also like cutting up oranages and limes as well as lemons to add to each glass. Then sit on the porch and enjoy!!

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