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Old Fashion Sweet Tea {The House Wine Of The South}

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Old Fashion Sweet Tea is also known as southern sweet tea. It is a simple iced tea recipe that is enjoyed during the hot summer months or any time of the year. You will love this refreshing summer drink, it is after all the house wine of the south!

Old Fashion Sweet Tea {The House Wine Of The South}

Refreshing summer drinks

When it is hot outside in the summer, you want refreshing summer drinks. To most the refreshing summer drinks of summer are usually lemonade and of course iced tea. In my house growing up, we lived on iced tea.

Old Fashion Sweet Tea {The House Wine Of The South}

Sweet tea

I love sweet tea. I never knew growing up that iced came unsweetened. I assumed all iced tea was sweet tea. That is all my mom ever made was Lipton sweet ta from a mix in the summertime.

The first time I ordered iced tea in a restaurant, it, of course, was not the southern sweet tea I was used to. So I ended up grabbing handfuls of sugar packets to sweeten this ice tea. My lesson was learned, never assume that all iced tea is sweet tea.

Old Fashion Sweet Tea {The House Wine Of The South}

Iced tea recipe

Since that restaurant incident twenty-some years ago with my iced tea, I learned how to make real southern sweet tea. What I found is you actually need a simple sugar solution for a simple iced tea recipe. When I did those sugar packets in the unsweetened ice tea, the sugar never dissolved.

So I had the bottom of the glass-covered in sugar. With a simple sugar syrup, you do not get that gritty sugar taste in a homemade sweet tea recipe. That is the real secret to the house wine of the south, sweet tea, simple sugar syrup.

Southern sweet tea

I think I was a Southern in a past life. Why do I say that? Well, one I have been told I look like I am from the south. Yes, that is correct you read that right. I had people in Cleveland ask me if I was from the South.

Now I do live in the south and I learned the sweet tea I love is called southern sweet tea. Proper southern ladies love to sip on their sweet wine in the blistering heat that the south is famous for. Southern sweet tea is the house wine of the south. Everyone drinks it here!

I know it is easy to just go buy southern sweet tea at the stores. You can get in a 2 liter in the soda/ pop aisle to a gallon of it in the dairy case. That sweet tea is just not the same as good old fashion sweet tea you make at home.

The freshly brewed homemade sweet tea recipe over ice just quenches your thirst. With the heat of summer now upon us, trust me I am sipping away on this southern sweet tea recipe. It is a simple iced tea recipe to make that you will want to brew up a pitcher yourself this summer.

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Old Fashion Sweet Tea {The House Wine Of The South}

Yield: 6 servings

Old Fashion Sweet Tea Recipe

Old Fashion Sweet Tea Recipe

Old Fashion Sweet Tea is also known as southern sweet tea. It is a simple recipe you can make and enjoy during the hot summer months.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 10 tea bags


  1. In a large saucepan add the 4 cups of water.
  2. Next, add the cup of sugar to the water.
  3. Stir until the sugar dissolves and bring to a boil.
  4. Turn the heat off and add the tea bags to the water.
  5. Let the tea bags steep for 10=30 minutes. Depending on how strong you like the tea to be. (for me 30 minutes is ideal)
  6. Remove the tea bags and pour the tea into the pitcher.
  7. You can add a little cold water to it if the tea is too strong.
  8. Serve it over ice and ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 129Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 0gSugar: 33gProtein: 0g

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Lia Burres

Sunday 9th of July 2017

I would love to tell you that your hard work is paying off! The recipe on the other note, looks like something that may be in my kitchen chores in the next day or 2. Everyone here loves tea and that is something that would be great. I'm not one for simple quick teas. Old fashioned and homemade are my deal. It tastes so much better that way.

Deanna Samaan

Sunday 9th of July 2017

Thank you!! Yes, Old fashion ways are simply the best ways. I could not agree more with you on that!

David Elliott

Saturday 8th of July 2017

My daughter absolutely loves sweet tea. She would love this recipe for sure. We will have to try out making it this weekend.

Deanna Samaan

Sunday 9th of July 2017

<3 Let me know how you liked it!!

Sand @ Ginger and Scotch

Friday 7th of July 2017

I was just thinking how I needed to make some sweet iced tea for the hot and humid summer we are experiencing right now - thanks for the inspiration.

Deanna Samaan

Sunday 9th of July 2017

You are so welcome!!!

Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

Friday 7th of July 2017

I am so happy that you are experience a rise in numbers! My grandmother always had sweet tea at her house. I had forgotten how much I love it!

Deanna Samaan

Sunday 9th of July 2017

Sweet tea is so timeless! I always think of my mom when I make it, she was always making homemade iced tea as we grew up.

Thank you so much!!!

Jessica Bradshaw

Friday 7th of July 2017

I love your jar you keep your tea in. So cute and old timey. I also love that you have decided to put more in to your blog posts and grow. It's so exciting you have seen a return on that. :) Good luck!!

Deanna Samaan

Sunday 9th of July 2017

I admit I am a vintage type of gal :) Thank you so much!!!

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