Sweet Tea

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Sweet Tea Sweet Tea Recipe Courtesy of

Servings: 4 to 6
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Difficulty: Easy

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3 quarts cold water
4 pitcher-size cold brew tea bags
Sugar Mixture, recipe follows
Lemon slices, for garnish
Mint sprigs, for garnish

Sugar Mixture:

1 cup water
3/4 cup sugar





Bring the water to a boil. Remove from heat, pour into a pitcher, and steep the tea bags about 5 minutes. Mix the sugar mixture into the iced tea. Mix well.

Pour the drink mix over ice cubes in a glass. Garnish with 2 slices of lemon and a sprig of mint.

Sugar Mixture:

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and add sugar. Stir to combine.

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Love the sweet tea!

By Catherine Herzog on November 17, 2013


Paula, you are now and forever loved. God's Blessings upon you. ♡♡

By Beverly on July 28, 2013


tks for your wonderful receipes,,,miss you Paula

By Luvenia Lung on July 22, 2013


Praying for you...hang in there and stay "Paula Strong". You are dearly loved by millions.

By Theresa on July 05, 2013


You're right, sugar dissolves better with warm water, but also the tea seeps in better with warm water. They are "cold brew tea bags" because the tea is specifically for cold tea drinks. After you've poured the warm water into the pitcher, make sure to start cooling it so you can drink the tea cold!
Here at Paula Deen, we keep encouraging you to try our delicious recipes!

By Anonymous on March 19, 2013


it says cold brew tea bags and cold water. why is the water boiled? i can see the boiling water and adding sugar to make the sugar solution. sugar doesn't dissolve well in cold liquids. will try that bit next time i make tea. i believe it's also known as a sugar syrup.

By terri on March 08, 2013


Love it

By sarah on December 30, 2012


Your sweet tea is very good. I Have under acting thyroia I am on med for it.

By Donna marie Eichhorn on October 27, 2012


Why is everyone on here talking about Paula Deen? Look at the top of this page. It says, "Recipe courtesy of Martha Hall Foose." Why does she not get any credit?

By jimmyjoe on October 21, 2012


You don't have to mix up a sugar solution. Just put the sugar into the tea while it is still hot. It will dissolve very well and you won't have to dirty another vessel. Lipton tea is the absolute best, for this cook and her family.

By Rebecca Baker on August 31, 2012


What kind of tea bags do y'all use? I LOVE sweet tea, but every time I try to make it at home, I am not satisfied...it comes out watered-down, blah, and not very sweet. I followed this recipe and a few others that are supposedly great. I thought maybe it's the tea bags--I have tried both Lipton and Luzianne, but would another kind be better? Any suggestions for perfecting the flavor would be fantastic! Thank you! smile

By Lauren on August 04, 2012


Paula i love watching u. Ur the cook i wanna be when i own my own restaraunt. I would love to meet u. My number is 276-352-8043

By wendy martin on July 21, 2012


This tea so reminds me of what I drank growing up. My family in Kentucky always had this sitting on the counter and your helped yourself all day long.

By Patti Verburg on May 31, 2012


@AnnetFoley: Watch a few episodes of the sitcom "Scrubs" and you will soon learn what an appletini is. It is not a fruit drink, but a cocktail.

By Barfly on January 18, 2012


You had a guest on your show and she talked about making a fruit drink, that she called appletini. I could not find it in you beverage drinks. How can I get the recipe? Thanks, Annet

By AnnetFoley on December 28, 2011


its was sweet

By dymond dooley on August 04, 2011


A picnic without Paula's iced tea would not be a picnic. My whole family loves your tea and I always make plenty to keep the squabbling down. Since summer is here and the heat index is so high I'll be drinking my heart out. Thanks

By susy jenkins on July 14, 2011


I love Paula Deens Recipes I wish I had a friend like her she's so country and Bubbly

By Rebecca Garrett on July 14, 2011


Lightening Fast White Bean Dip was simple and quick to make. Has a great taste and some of my guest like the nutritional value. (For me it doesnt matter, the more butter the better!)

By Fran on May 18, 2011


Hi Marie, Is this the recipe you're looking for? http://www.pauladeen.com/recipes/recipe_view/sweet_lemon_tea/

By Jonathan Able on May 11, 2011

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