Sweet Iced Tea

Sweet Iced Tea

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Adjust Servings:
3 Tablespoons Loose Leaf Black Tea
8 cups (1,494ml) Filtered Water
0.75 cup (140ml) Real Maple Syrup
2 Lemons
Ice Cubes

Sweet Iced Tea

  • 20 minutes
  • Serves 6
  • Easy




Southern style, 3-ingredient, sweet iced tea that is so refreshing!

Every time I make and drink sweet iced tea, I pretend to be in the south, maybe Georgia, sitting in a lounge chair in a garden…

Well technically Georgia is north of me but I digress.

Let’s talk about who invented iced tea!

Turns out that Richard Belchynden, an American merchant, is often given credit for inventing iced tea at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.

He was sampling and selling hot tea at his fair booth, but few fair-goers were in the market for hot beverages in the intense summer heat. So, he added ice to the steeped tea and voila!

Living in the south and especially in the summer, it’s all about drinks over ice.

As an avid tea lover, I like to indulge in iced tea as it’s so refreshing and give me a boost of caffeine!

This sweet iced tea is maple sweetened and is so easy to make.

The lemon perfectly balances out the sweet and tart black tea, which is why I finish it off with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Any black tea will work for this recipe. I personally prefer loose-leaf as there is less waste and bagged tea may contain harmful chemicals.

I like making a big batch so that I have sweet iced tea ready any time the craving hits!


Make this tea, snap a pic and share it with me on Instagram!




Steep The Tea

Add 8 cups of filtered water to a pot along with 3 Tablespoons of black tea, 3/4 cup of real maple syrup and a few lemon slices.

Gently muddle the lemon slices and bring the pot to a simmer and stir to dissolve the real maple syrup.

Simmer for 5 minutes on medium-low heat, move off the heat, cover and steep for 10-15 minutes.



Use a fine mesh strainer and cheesecloth to strain the tea.

If you want to drink the tea immediately, add 1 cup of iced cold water to cool the tea quicker.



Fill your glass with ice cubes then pour over the sweet tea.

Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Any leftovers can be stored in the refrigerate for up to 2 weeks!


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I love that this sweet tea is sweetened with pure maple syrup versus white sugar. It’s been crazy hot here so this sounds perfect!

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