Debby DeRousse Recipe

Southern Sweet Tea

By Debby DeRousse cakesbydebby

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Debby's Story

I love iced tea. I think I cut my teeth on iced tea. I drink it morning , noon and night.

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Easy, easy, easy! This classic tea-brewing technique really takes us back to our Southern roots. Sweet tea done right!


3 c
family sized tea bags
1/2 - 1 c
7 c
cold water

Directions Step-By-Step

Bring 3 cups water to boil in a saucepan: add tea bags, boil 1 minute: remove from heat. Cover and let steep for 10 mintues.
Remove and discard tea bags. Add desired amount of sugar,stirring until dissolved. pour into 1 gallon container and add 7 cups of cold water. Serve over ice.
for Peach Iced tea, use recipe above using 1/2 cup sugar. Stir together 1 1/2 quarts of tea, 1 (46 oz.) bottle of peach nectar and 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice. Serve over ice

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Quick & Easy



angela spadafora aj2128
Jul 1, 2014
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
April Dunn Kyomoon
Jun 23, 2014
Can someone tell me what a "family sized" teabag is? I've been drinking tea practically my whole life and have NEVER heard of this. Is it bigger than a normal teabag? If so, how much bigger? Is it the equivalent to 2 teabags?
Rose Selvar potrose
Jun 19, 2014
Love sweet tea. Pinched this recipe. 6/19/14
LaDonna Turner lst1950
Jun 18, 2014
Oh, love sweet tea, grew up in - the south. My sisters still like my tea - they like the "sun tea". Always come over and ask do I have any tea! Well in my house it is a staple. I use a big tea boiler (only used for tea) of water, throw in 2 family size tea bags, let come to a rolling boil, then cut off. I think the longer it seeps, the better the tea!
Pour in pitcher with 1 1/2 cup sugar and oh my gosh! Can't beat!