Alabama Sweet Tea

Make the Southern beverage staple with this recipe for Alabama Sweet Tea.
Alabama Sweet Tea

Sweet tea is an art in the South and as with any art what the best is very subjective and varies widely. Some people swear by certain tea brands, others add a pinch of baking soda to the water.

It took me a few years to finally perfect my recipe. I make it by the gallon so I only have to make it two or three times a week depending on how many of us are drinking it.

I’m a bit of an odd duck but I don’t like drinking water with a meal. I can drink it the rest of the day but at lunch or supper I’d rather have a glass of sweet tea over ice. Unless it’s pizza and then I drink soda. 

While sweet tea will go with pretty much any savory dish I have on the blog here are a few of my favorites

Chicken, Rice, and Gravy Bowls

Slow Cooker Taco Ranch Chicken  and Cilantro Lime Rice

Sloppy Cheesesteak Joe’s and Ranch Roasted Potatoes 
Cajun Fried Chicken and Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes 

Alabama Sweet Tea

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 16 cups
Author Micha M


  • 4 1 quart sized tea bags
  • 1 to 2 cups sugar
  • 12 cups water
  • 4 cups ice


  1. In a 3 quart sauce pan bring 2 quarts of water to a rolling bo
  2. Add the sugar and tea bags and remove from heat. 
  3. Steep for 3-5 minutes. Remove tea bags
  4. Pour tea into pitcher
  5. Add ice and remaining water. Mix well
  6. Store in refrigerator 

This post may be linked at these fabulous blogs as well as Weekend Potluck. and meal plan Monday and Whatcha Crockin’ Wednesday


  1. PERFECT!!!!!!!!

  2. Can you tell me why they might put baking soda in it? I hadn’t heard of that before.


  1. […] These would be perfect served with some chips and quick and easy salsa, green chile and cheese rice, arroz con tomate or Mexican rice, and a nice tall glass of sweet tea. […]

  2. […] potato soup or maybe chicken noodle soup and serve a sandwich or salad as side with a glass of sweet tea and maybe some pumpkin sweet rolls or peanut butter oatmeal […]

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