The New Southern Style Sweet Tea

The New Southern Style Sweet Tea

If you are a southerner or have ever lived in the south, you’re probably familiar with Sweet Tea. At SkinnyMs. we love reinventing traditional recipes, especially ones that aren’t so healthy. Regardless of whether or not sweet tea is on your menu, you’re in for a treat with our healthier version of this refreshing summer drink.

The New Southern Style Sweet Tea

The New Southern Style Sweet Tea

Yields: 6-8 servings | Serving Size: 8 fl. oz | Calories: 49 | Total Fat: 0.1 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 1 mg | Carbohydrates: 13.3 g | Dietary Fiber: 0.7 g | Sugars: 12.2 g | Protein: 0.2 g | SmartPoints: 3 |


  • 1/2 gallon (8 cups) chilled water
  • 6 (small) green tea bags
  • 1/2 cup honey, optional maple syrup
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 8 fresh mint leaves, (add to pitcher or individual glasses)


In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring 2 cups water to the point of steaming, remove from heat and add tea bags. Allow tea bags to steep for 8 minutes.

Remove and discard tea bags, add honey, stir to combine. Add 6 cups chilled water to a half gallon pitcher, next add the tea and stir. Add sliced lemons along with fresh mint leaves. Sever over ice and enjoy!

Note: Never boil tea bags as it makes the tea bitter. You may steep tea up to 12 minutes in steaming water as this allows more antioxidants to be released but will also make the tea stronger.

9 Comments on "The New Southern Style Sweet Tea"

  1. Ricktan97  August 10, 2012

    My husband LOVES sweet tea, and I have been wanting a healthier way for him to enjoy it. WONDERFUL!!!

  2. Kelly Strohl  August 12, 2012

    I am a tea junkie. This is my new favorite!!

  3. Stacy  August 12, 2012

    Great replacement for this sweet tea lover!

  4. Chris  August 22, 2012

    I have made this tea 3 times already. It is delicious!!!

    • Skinny Ms.  August 23, 2012

      Chris, Great! Me too!!! This southern gal needs her sweet tea. 😀

  5. Amanda  September 29, 2016

    Um, no self-respecting Southerner would call green tea Southern Sweet Tea. In the South, iced tea is made from black tea (preferably Luzianne, Red Diamond or the like).
    That being said, this is a lovely drink recipe. It reminds me of the canned Arizona green tea I drank at my Southern college. You know the Arizona company. The one that’s headquartered in New York and named after the Southwest state.

    • Gale Compton  October 1, 2016

      Amanda, I am a southern gal and like to change things up a bit, including recipe titles. Glad you enjoyed! 🙂

  6. Marilee  April 26, 2017

    You chill 8 cups of water, then heat 2 cups of water to steaming, put 6 cups of chilled water in the pitcher. Are we heating the other 2 cups of chilled water to steep the tea bags? If so, is there a reason to chill the water before heating to the steaming point? Thanks in advance for your answers

    • Emilia Horn  April 26, 2017

      Hi Marilee, you don’t need to chill the two cups of water before heating them–room temperature is fine–whatever comes out of your tap.


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