Southern-Style Mint Sweet Tea

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Southern-Style Mint Sweet Tea
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Serve this Southern-style mint sweet tea at a summertime garden party!

Sweet tea becomes a centerpiece of your table setting when served out of a beautiful Le Creuset stoneware pitcher. I love how the density of the stoneware keeps the tea ice cold between pours.


  • Mint Sweet Tea
  • 12 cups water
  • 6 tea bags*
  • 1 cup fresh peppermint leaves
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Garnish
  • lemon slices
  • mint sprigs


  1. Bring the 12 cups of water just barely to a boil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Let stand until cool; remove tea bags.
  2. While tea is cooling prepare mint syrup: Place the mint, sugar, and 2 cups water in a small saucepan. Heat to boiling, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Cool completely.
  3. Strain the sugar syrup into the cooled tea; refrigerate until cold. Pour cold tea into tall glasses with ice. Garnish with lemon slices and mint sprigs, if desired.


*Use tea that is not flavored; I just use plain Lipton tea bags.
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Yield: 18 glasses

2 Responses to “Southern-Style Mint Sweet Tea”

  1. Sandy June 10, 2019 at 1:28 pm #

    Any one know why my tea comes out cloudy and dark? I keep the simple syrup in the fridge and my tea is just regular luzianne tea bags. Thanks!!

  2. Tracy Moody March 27, 2020 at 10:15 pm #

    Are you completing dissolving the simple sugar?itll be completely clear when it’s dissolved and ready.

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