You are here: Home » Recipes » Southern Sweet Tea Southern Sweet Tea Kitchen Tested Yield 10 servings Refreshing on a hot day, and a little sugar is a pick-me-up. PrintEmail Ingredients 2 quarts bottled spring water or filtered water1/4 cup loose black tea leaves or 8 standard tea bags1/3 cup to 2/3 c sugar2 -- lemons, thinly sliced8 -- sprigs mint Instructions Bring 1 quart of water to a boil in a teakettle. Put tea leaves in a deep, heatproof bowl or large teapot. As soon as the water begins to boil, pour over tea leaves, stir, and let stand 4 minutes. It will be very strong. Pour liquid through a fine wire-mesh sieve or coffee filter into a pitcher. Stir sugar into the tea. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add remaining quart of water and stir. Cool completely and serve over ice with lemon and mint. Note: Sweetened tea is more perishable than unsweetened. Store it well sealed in a glass (not plastic) container in the refrigerator. Recipe by Damon Fowler.