Classic Sweet Tea Recipe

Classic Sweet Tea Recipe
Randy McHugh

Sweet tea is a classic summer drink for those who who are looking for something refreshing during a hot summer day. Our sweet tea recipe is simple to make and features our Earl Grey black tea.

Serving Size: 1 Gallon


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 oz loose leaf Earl Grey tea
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. Boil the water. Bring 4 cups of the water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from heat.
  2. Steep the tea for 5 minutes. Add 1oz of loose leaf Earl Grey tea to the water and mix it up. Leave the tea submerged in the water for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, pour the tea through a strainer into a new saucepan or pitcher. Make sure all the loose leaf tea has been removed from the tea mixture.

  3. Add the sugar to the tea. Add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved.

  4. Pour the tea base into the pitcher. If using multiple pitchers, divide the tea evenly between them.

  5. Top off the pitchers with water. Add 3 more quarts of cold water to the tea base to make a gallon of sweet tea and stir to combine.

  6. Refrigerate until very cold. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or, ideally, overnight.

  7. Serve over ice. Pour the sweet tea into ice-filled glasses. Add a sprig of mint or a slice of lemon to each, if desired!

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