Southern Born & Bred Perfect Sweet Tea

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"This Sweet Tea is humbly known as the "Nectar of the Gods" by many. It's the smoothest, most amazing, last-meal-worthy, Sweet Tea in the South. Try it and see if you agree! Adapted from the Lone Star Steak House. Makes 1 gallon"

Original is 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (35 g)
  • Calories 96.8
  • Total Fat - 0 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 26.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 25 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0 g
  • Sugars - 25 g
  • Protein - 0 g
  • Calcium - 0.5 mg
  • Iron - 0 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Sprinkle baking soda into a pitcher. If you use a glass pitcher, hold a spoon down into the pitcher and pour the hot water against the spoon so you won't crack the glass, or use whatever container you'd like.

Step 2

Add tea bags to the pitcher and baking soda.

Step 3

Pour boiling water over tea bags. Cover, and allow to steep for 15 minutes.

Step 4

Remove, and toss out tea bags.

Step 5

Add sugar, and stir until completely dissolved.

Step 6

Add cool water.

Step 7

Refrigerate until cold and ready to drink.

Step 8

Serve over ice.


  • Gallon-Size Pitcher

6 Reviews


Born in the Midwest, I spent my US yrs in the South-Central US B4 coming to Iceland. I adopted the sweet tea habit in the heat of Okla & Texas & haven't lost it here in the cooler temps of Iceland. Icelanders prefer fruit-flavored teas imported from Europe & the UK (see pic). I like sweet tea, but not OVERLY SWEET - So I halved the sugar & it was perfect for me. This tea seemed to almost have a textural smoothness. Is that the effect of the "secret ingredient"? Thx for sharing this Lone Star Steak House adaption for my sipping pleasure. :-)


review by:
(29 Mar 2015)


Sweet tea is just what I needed during this last blast of hot weather. I made up a pitcher to share with a few girlfriends who came to visit. It is delicious and sweet. I love lemon in mine.


review by:
(28 Aug 2014)


Very good sweet tea. I always thought their was more to making sweet tea. It doesn't get any easier then this!! I shared this with my co-workers who really enjoyed this.


review by:
(28 Oct 2013)


Being Southern Born And Bred myself, I had to make this Sweet Tea. It intrigued me with the secret ingredient, and it made for some refreshing sweet iced tea that was enjoyed very much all this week!


review by:
(2 Jun 2013)


So refreshing and delicious! I cut back a little on the sugar to make it a little less sweet because we like it that way. Summertime is time to take full advantage of pitchers of this made and ready in the refrigerator at all times!


review by:
(31 May 2013)


There is nothing better than simple Southern sweet tea and this is excellent! Sweet and thirst-quenching, such a wonderful spring drink.


review by:
(14 May 2013)

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