Southern sweet tea

If it's not sweet, it's not tea!

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Sweet tea has to be sweet.

Tell a Southerner there's sugar on the table, and they will look at you like a deer caught in the headlights. Use this sweet tea recipe in this sweet tea sangria cocktail!

Southern sweet tea

Makes 3 quarts


  • 12 cups water
  • 4 plain tea bags
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add the tea bags and boil for 1 minute, then cover and remove from the heat. Allow to steep for 8 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bags and add sugar, stirring well to dissolve the sugar.
  4. Allow mixture to cool, then pour into a 1-gallon sized container. Add 8 cups of cold water.
  5. Serve over ice, or make into a cocktail!

Sweet tea sangria

Serves 4-6


  • 2 cups sweet tea
  • 1 cup orange vodka
  • 1/2 cup club soda
  • 1 large orange, sliced for garnish
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • Sprigs of mint for garnish


  1. Stir together sweet tea, vodka and club soda in a large pitcher.
  2. Add fruit and club soda. Serve in chilled glasses garnished with mint and enjoy!

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Aimee Fortney is “Not the Perfect Cook.” Retiring at age 31 as a bilingual political consultant, Aimee is now a cookbook author, blogger, recipe developer and inspirational food lover, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and daughter. Aimee can be seen on Nashville’s WSMV and you can read her blogs, recipes and funny, “Not the Perfect Cook” adventures as she strives to keep families out of the drive thru, cooking at home (on a budget) on her website, and follow her on twitter, @aimeefortney.

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