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The New Southern Style Sweet Tea Recipe

A delightfully refreshing beverage to cool you down on even the hottest of Summer days!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: Budget-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Kid-Friendly, Plant-Based, Quick and Easy, Vegetarian
Servings: 7 people
Calories: 76kcal
Author: SkinnyMs.


  • 8 cups chilled water
  • 6 green tea bags small
  • 1/2 cup honey (optional maple syrup)
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 8 mint leaves fresh (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. Serve 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.


Serving: 8fl. oz | Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Sodium: 1mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 21g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5