Sweet Tea


  • 8

    black tea bags, preferably Lipton

  • ½

    cup granulated sugar, preferably pure cane, plus more to taste

  • 6

    tablespoons lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)

  • Ice cubes, for chilling and serving

  • Lemon slices, for garnish (optional)


  1. In a tea kettle or medium saucepan, heat 4 cups water until boiling. Remove from the heat and add the tea bags. Allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes. Gently squeeze the bags to release their concentrated tea, then discard the bags. Transfer the tea to a pitcher.
  2. Stir 1/2 cup sugar into the hot tea until it has dissolved. Stir in the lemon juice. Add 4 cups water, then fill the pitcher with 2 cups ice.
  3. Taste the tea to determine if you’d like to add up to 4 tablespoons more sugar. If adding sugar, stir until it dissolves.
  4. Cover and refrigerate until the sweet tea is chilled throughout or up to 2 days. Serve in a large glass filled with ice, and garnish with a lemon slice if you’d like.