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How to make Sweet Iced Tea

  • Author: Arlene Mobley
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 gallon 1x
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: boiled
  • Cuisine: American


How to make sweet iced tea perfectly. Serve a glass of the best, brightest, clear, not cloudy iced tea you have ever tasted. Garnish with a wedge of lemon or lime and a sprig or two of fresh mint.



  • 8 cups water divided
  • 6 Lipton regular tea bags
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • lemon, lime and mint for garnish
  • ice


  1. Add 4 cups of water to a medium size saucepan and bring to a roiling boil.
  2. Boil the tea bags for about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Remove the pot from the hot burner.
  4. Steep tea for 10 minutes.
  5. Measure sugar and add to pitcher
  6. Pour the still hot tea over the sugar.
  7. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  8. Measure the last four cups of water and pour it into the pot with the tea bags
  9. Swirl the pot around a little bit to allow the tea bags to release that last bit of tea goodness from the tea bags.
  10. Pour the tea water into the pitcher.
  11. Chill completely before serving and serve over ice.


Chill a big pitcher of this sweet iced tea recipe before serving with a wedge of lemon and a sprig of fresh mint.


  • Serving Size: 8 oz glass
  • Calories: 250
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