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Southern Sweet Tea with Mint

Patricia Reitz

When the weather gets warm around here, it's time for tea - southern sweet tea, that is!

Boiling the sugar and water together will result in crystal clear tea - no sugar floating around in the glass either. Start by bringing 8 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar to a full boil.

Turn off the heat and add 8 tea bags - I have a friend who was born and raised in the South and she insists Luzianne is the best for sweet tea, but you can use your favorite brand.   

I tie the strings together so the tags don't float around in the tea - makes removal easy too.  Steep for 20-30 minutes.

Remove tea bags and gently squeeze to get all that yummy goodness out of them. Add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda - yes baking soda.  It will eliminate any acidic bitterness and you'll never know it's in there.  Add 8 large spearmint leaves, stir well, and pour over ice (equal parts tea to ice).

Now sit on the porch and enjoy!

Items used to make this recipe:

Southern Sweet Tea with Mint

Makes about 1 gallon

Printable Recipe


  • 8 cups water

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 8 tea bags

  • 5-6 mint leaves

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 8 cups ice

  • Additional mint leaves for garnish


  1. Bring water and sugar to a full boil.

  2. Remove from heat and add tea bags.

  3. Steep for 20-30 minutes.

  4. Add mint leaves and baking soda; stir well.

  5. Pour tea over ice and enjoy.