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Sweet Tea Concentrate Recipe

Sweet Tea Concentrate Recipe

Sweet iced tea is a Southern classic and this is a fabulous recipes for those tea lovers or for a party. The concentrate will make 20 servings.—Natalie Bremson, Plantation, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:20 servings


  • 2 medium lemons
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups English breakfast tea leaves or 20 black tea bags
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup cold water
  • Ice cubes


  • 1. Remove peels from lemons; save fruit for another use.
  • 2. In a large saucepan, combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3-5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; add tea leaves and lemon peels. Cover and steep for 15 minutes. Strain tea, discarding tea leaves and lemon peels; stir in lemon juice. Cool to room temperature.
  • 3. Transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • 4. To prepare tea: In a tall glass, combine water with 1/4 cup concentrate; add ice. Yield: 20 servings (5 cups concentrate).

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup concentrate equals 165 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 27 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.