This is my favorite Southern Sweet Tea Recipe. There’s nothing better than a big glass of Sweet Tea on a Hot Summer Day!
Follow these directions and you’ll have Sweet Tea tasting just like some of my favorites you can buy at Restaurants like McDonald’s, McAlister’s Deli, Chick-Fil-A, and more. Only this time it’s better because it’s fresh and a lot less expensive than paying $2 per cup!
Southern Sweet Tea Recipe | McAlister's Deli Copy Cat
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
This is my favorite Southern Sweet Tea Recipe. There's nothing better than a big glass of Sweet Tea on a Hot Summer Day!
- 4 Lipton Family Size Tea Bags
- 4 Cups Boiling Hot Water
- 2 Cups Sugar
- 12 Cups of Cold Water
- Add Tea Bags to Water & Bring Water to a Boil in a Tea Kettle or Microwave.
- Pour Boiling Hot Water over the 2 Cups of Sugar and let sit around 30 min.
- Add in 12 Cups of Cold Water to make 1 full Gallon.
- Allow the Tea to Chill or Cool in the refrigerator so that it doesn't melt the ice.
- Serve over a tall glass of Ice on a Hot Summer Day!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 129Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 0gSugar: 33gProtein: 0g
I need to Know if you put baking soda in your tea?
Not like McAlisters at all in my opinion. McAlisters has a special contract with LIPTON for a black tea mix so the tea leaves that are store bought themselves aren’t a complete match up. Side note; for every 5 gal of tea use 8 cups of sugar. -a former McA employee
Sugar… Not super ?
You are not supposed to boil tea. It releases tannins and causes bitterness. Tea should be steeped.
when do you take the teabags out, thanks!
After you boil the hot water with the tea bags in, I take them out when I pour the hot tea over the sugar. If you leave them in the tea will become bitter.