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!

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

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

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.



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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