Southern Sweet Iced Tea

The cuisine of America’s deep south is a nightmare if your trying to avoid sugar or carbs. It’s hard to keep on a keto diet when the South’s carbohydrate-filled dishes are so amazing. Baked goods like biscuits, pies, pralines, and cakes are just a small portion of the extensive repertoire of sweets the South has to offer. Sweet Ice Tea is another standout sweet treat. Cold tea is sweetened with what feels like 2-3 tons of sugar to yield a refreshing and delicious indulgence. Was it worth the sugar spike? It’s not too tough agree once you’ve taken that first delicious sip.

American south Sweet iced Tea

Sweet Iced Tea

Nothing is better on a hot summer's day than sipping on a cold sweet iced tea. Add a bit of baking soda to keep any bitter traces away. If your a lemon lover, replace the ice cubes with ones made from lemonade. A little sprig of mint is a a nice touch too.
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Course: BBQ, Drinks
Cuisine: American, American South, North American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • Large 2 quart glass pitcher
  • 4 cup Pyrex measuring bowl, wooden spoon
  • Whisk
  • Medium saucepan


  • 6 Tea bags (Major Grey or Orange Pekoe are good)
  • 1 qt Filtered or bottled water
  • tsp Baking soda
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar (or ½ cup artificial sweetener)
  • Fresh lemon slices and fresh mint sprigs (optional)


  • Bring one quart of water to a boil. Pour into a a 2 quart pitcher and add tea bags. Steep for 9 minutes. Discard tea bags, gently squeezing back any excess water. Add baking soda and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
    Fill rest of pitcher with ice cubes. Stir. To serve, pour into ice-filled glasses and top with a lemon slice and sprig of mint.


Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 25g | Calcium: 0.3mg | Iron: 0.01mg

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