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5 from 2 votes

Perfect Sweet Tea

Perfect Sweet Tea - Summer begs for a cold glass of home brewed tea. Refreshing lemon taste quenches your thirst. Our family favorite sweet tea.
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Servings: 8 glasses
Author: Melanie - Gather for Bread


  • 8 regular black tea bags
  • 3/4 - 1 cup granulated sugar to your sweetness preference
  • 2 large lemons
  • water
  • ice


  • Tie the strings of 8 tea bags together in a knot.
  • In a small saucepan combine sugar and 2 cups of water over high heat. Bring to a boil. Add tea bags. Immediately turn off heat. Let sit and steep for about 2 hours.
  • In a gallon pitcher add steeped tea. Wring out tea bags and add to the pitcher as well. Add 3 cups ice. Fill to gallon line with water. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • For individual glasses, add a slice of fresh lemon and pour over with iced tea. Enjoy!


If you don't want to wait for the 2 hours just wait about 15 minutes until it's not boiling hot any longer. Add tea to a large pitcher with extra ice to help cool it down quicker. Total ice and water should not exceed 1 gallon or it will have a watered out taste.