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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 is enjoyed during the hot summer months or any time of the year. You will love this homemade sweet tea recipe, it is after all the house wine of the south!

 

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.

 

I Love Sweet Tea

I love old fashion southern sweet tea. I never knew growing up that iced came unsweetened. I assumed all iced tea was sweet tea.

 

The first time I ordered iced tea in a restaurant, it, of course, was not the southern style 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 old fashioned sweet tea.

 

 

 

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.

Simple 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.

 

 

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.

Old Fashion 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 here in Cleveland ask me if I was from the South.

 

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Once I open my mouth and my Pittsburghese comes out they realize not, I am a Pittsburgher, a “Yankee” just like them. That could be why I love sweet tea. Sweet tea is the wine of the south.

 

Proper southern ladies love to sip on their sweet wine in the blistering heat that the south is famous for. Ok, I will admit I learned that bit about old fashion sweet tea from the movie Steel Magnolias. There is a scene where Dolly Parton was offering Julia Roberts some sweet tea and she says:

 

The house wine of the south

 

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.

 

 

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.

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Old Fashion Sweet Tea Recipe


  • Author: Deanna
  • Prep Time: 0:05
  • Cook Time: 0:10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Drink
  • Cuisine: Southern

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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.


Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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!

Keywords: iced tea, drink

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38 Comments
  • Adriana Lopez Martn
    July 7, 2017

    Tea is one of my favorite drinks hot or iced cold. I do appreciate a nice sweet tea made with love and tradition. Your sweet tea recipe looks so good and refreshing. May I ask what kind of tea you are using for this. I want to make it soon =)

  • Tara
    July 7, 2017

    Congrats on the boost since switching hosts! Hope it continues to grow. This sweet tea looks so refreshing for a hot, summer day.

  • Emily
    July 7, 2017

    That’s so great that your hard work is really paying off, there’s so much to learn with blogging, especially technical stuff who would’ve thought that switching hosts could double your traffic, amazing! Oh and this tea sounds delish!

    • Deanna Samaan
      July 9, 2017

      There is sooo much to learn about blogging. It changes all the time too. Plus it little things you never realize how they can impact your blog, like the host. Thank you so much. I love sweet tea and glad can share this 🙂

  • Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    July 7, 2017

    I know sweet tea is a “thing” especially in the South where I’m from, but I’ve never gotten into it. I love iced tea and sun tea, but I never add sugar. Just a squeeze of lemon, but then I also drink my coffee black too. I guess I’m an outlier. Beautiful photos.

    • Deanna Samaan
      July 9, 2017

      I can do a lemon tea with no sugar. I can also go green tea with no sugar, but if I have a black tea. I have to add sugar, it too bitter for me.

  • Sounds like you have some exciting times ahead – good luck with it all. And as for hosting – I discount my first year of blogging now because my hosting experience was so bad – I actually nearly threw in the towel because my site just would not work. But when I changed hosts all my issues vanished just like that – leaving me time to concentrate on the recipes, photos and writing – so much better than tech troubleshooting 🙂 . Loving the colour of that tea – keep a jug to hand whilst you’re planning your changes.

    • Deanna Samaan
      July 9, 2017

      That is what I tell other bloggers, your first year is a learning year. It has ups and downs. Yes, the ups and downs continue throughout a blog’s life. That is why I say ask yourself this question when you get frustrated: Why did you start blogging. That answer will give you the drive to carry on through those challenges.

      Thank you! I love using green tea because of the color, I have a jug in the fridge as I type!!

  • Kristina
    July 7, 2017

    I have never made sweet tea – thanks for the prompt here, I am going to try it soon! (and congrats – your host is the best!) 🙂

    • Deanna Samaan
      July 9, 2017

      Thank you! I love Orange Geek and grateful I changed to them.

      Sweet tea is easy, and better than store bought when make your own 😉

  • Lisa Marie Heath
    July 7, 2017

    Talk about timing! My boyfriend and I are about to move from California to South Carolina, and he said “Then I can have some REAL southern sweet tea!” I’m not a huge tea drinker, but it’s his drink of choice. I’ll have to surprise him and try out this recipe

    • Deanna Samaan
      July 9, 2017

      Everything happens for a reason! I agree treat to something special like this, he be very grateful for it 🙂

  • Candy Rachelle
    July 7, 2017

    I am a HUGE Southern Sweet Tea drinker. It is most definitely my weakness!
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    http://www.keepingupwithcandy.com

    • Deanna Samaan
      July 9, 2017

      SEO is a beast I admit I hate it, but a must do. Wish was just write and publish!
      My ad network has great advice with SEO: Check these out, it will help you (Not only for food blogs, but advice can be for any type of blog) https://www.mediavine.com/category/seo/

      Thank you!! Sweet tea is my weakness too 🙂

  • Amanda
    July 7, 2017

    That IS sweet! Us southerners love our sweet tea. (It truly is a dentist’s dream drink) That actually is what I would use in 3-4 quarts. Still, I love it! Congrats on your website’s success. 🙂

    • Deanna Samaan
      July 9, 2017

      I got a friend in Atlanta said same that sweet tea is the dentist dream for southerners.
      Thank you!!!

  • Nadja Belgrave
    July 7, 2017

    This is a great and simple recipe to make for those hot summer days, most important all of us have those ingredients at home! 😉 Awesome news on your website’s success. I’m starting out but with posts like this makes me want to continue my blogging journey. Congratulations. 🎉

    • Deanna Samaan
      July 9, 2017

      Thank you!!
      With blogging remember it takes time and dedication. You get it. It really is a labor of love. Remember this to ask yourself when you get frustrated, “why did I start blogging.” The answer will help you get through the low times in blogging 🙂

  • Rebecca
    July 7, 2017

    Congratulations on your blog growing! I love that you are sharing more of yourself with your readers. Sweet tea is my addiction. I grew up in California and sweet tea is not a thing there. Moving to TN really got me addicted.

    • Deanna Samaan
      July 9, 2017

      Thank you so much!!! I hate to admit this but was Mickey D’s Sweet tea that got me addicted to it 🙂

  • Roxana
    July 7, 2017

    Beautiful pictures. The tea looks so good. Simple recipe too..

  • Alaina Bullock
    July 7, 2017

    COngrats on your sites success! Now you have me wondering if I need to switch from my little-known, smaller hosting service. Anyway, as a Southerner, I have to say this sweet tea is just how I like to make it! No store-bought tea is going to compare to the real, homemade tea!

    • Deanna Samaan
      July 9, 2017

      Honestly, I would never think to switch a host would make the difference it has in terms of my stats. Another blogger explained to me in a way that makes sense: Your blog is a house. The host is the foundation. If a foundation has issues then the house isn’t stable. When they explained to me that way it made sense. If I want my site to grow I had to build the foundation to be more stable

      Thank you so much. Homemade is way better than store anytime! 🙂

  • Erin Clarkson
    July 7, 2017

    This looks so great! So interesting to read about switching hosts – I have considered it a few times but haven’t made the jump yet! xx

    • Deanna Samaan
      July 9, 2017

      I know this a duplicate reply but it is good advice (I just told comment above yours this) I would never think to switch a host would make the difference it has in terms of my stats. Another blogger explained to me in a way that makes sense: Your blog is a house. The host is the foundation. If a foundation has issues then the house isn’t stable. When they explained to me that way it made sense. If I want my site to grow I had to build the foundation to be more stable

  • Jessica Bradshaw
    July 7, 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
      July 9, 2017

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

  • 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
      July 9, 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!!!

  • 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.

  • David Elliott
    July 8, 2017

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

  • Lia Burres
    July 9, 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
      July 9, 2017

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