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Southern Sweet Iced Tea is essential in our house. Sweet and cold it is the perfect thing on a hot summer day. Make a pitcher of this for your fridge today!
Hey!!! So winter is almost over and soon we will be welcoming spring with it’s sunny warm days that give way to the hot evenings of summer.
Our springs and summers get pretty hot here in Virginia and that means we are all outside grilling and having potlucks by the pool. One staple (that we actually have all year round but ESPECIALLY in the warmer months) is iced tea.
You cannot walk into a house here and there not be an pitcher of delicious, refreshing iced tea in the fridge.
My mama always says a good Southern girl should have two things in her kitchen, a good iced tea pitcher and a deviled egg tray. Thankfully I have both!
Now it may seem like making iced tea is a no-brainer, just water, tea and sugar right? Nope, it takes a little more than that to make the perfect Southern Sweet Iced Tea.
There are a few ways to make iced tea and one of them requires you to dissolve your sugar in water creating a simple syrup to add to the brewed tea. We don’t do that in my family, you already have to steep the tea in hot water, might as well just dissolve the sugar in that while you’re at it.
Some people will also do half water and half ice to cool the tea down quicker, we also don’t do that, we make it often enough that there is always a cold pitcher waiting in the fridge.
Also you will notice this recipe calls for the tiniest bit of baking soda, this helps just make the tea even sweeter. Do not worry if you don’t have baking soda to throw in there, I have made it plenty of times without it and it’s still just as delicious.
In my family some take it with lemon, some cannot stand lemon in their sweet tea, some like it really, really sweet, some cut back on the sugar a bit but the one thing we all agree on is that you have to use Lipton 100% Natural Black Tea. It is the best!
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Once the weather starts to get warmer and we have more guests over to grill out and just enjoy the weather I like to set up a little Iced Tea Station.
This cute little tiered tray is perfect for setting up with strawberries and raspberries to pop in your tea, lemon slices for the pop of citrus and cute little paper straws to make that frosty glass of iced tea irresistible.
This tray comes together in minutes and you can add your own elements, maybe some pretty floral napkins, some sprigs of mint, blackberries or peaches, the possibilities are endless. You can change it up weekly!
I just set it next to my pretty pitcher of Southern Sweet Iced Tea and no one can resist a glass!
So as the weather warms up make sure you stock up on plenty of Lipton 100% Natural Black Tea in 50 or 100 count and you will always have everything you need to make a deliciously refreshing pitcher of Southern Sweet Iced Tea!
Southern Sweet Iced Tea
- 1 pinch baking soda about 1/8 teaspoon
- 2 cups boiling water
- 6 tea bags
- 3/4 - 1 cup white sugar
- 6 cups cold water
- In a medium pot bring to a boil the 2 cups water
- Sprinkle a pinch of baking soda
- Add tea bags.
- Cover, and allow to steep for 15 minutes.
- Cool tea slightly
- Remove tea bags, and discar
- Stir in sugar until dissolved.
- Fill pitcher with 6 cups cold water.
- Add the tea mixture. Refrigerate until cold.