Thirsty Thursday: Mama’s Sweet Tea


I know there are a gazillion recipes for sweet tea out there, but I thought the one I would choose for this week’s Thirsty Thursday is my mom’s recipe, that my sisters and I grew up drinking at practically every meal.  🙂  Although this is her recipe, when we would get to make it, we would increase the cups of sugar to at least two.  Yum!  The sweeter, the better!

4 Lipton family-size tea bags (tied together)
1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups of sugar
1 Gallon of water

Bring approximately 1-2 quarts of water to a boil and add sugar and tea bags.  Stir to dissolve sugar.  Remove from heat.  Let steep (stand) for 20 minutes or longer.  Pour into gallon container and fill the rest with tap water.  Add sprigs of mint and/or slice of lemon.

Mama’s Tips:  Add ice to your glass and then pour tea over ice.  Don’t cover the tea container until the tea has cooled.  You may refrigerate, but make sure you leave the top off until the tea has cooled.  It’s best to let the tea come to room temperature before you refrigerate.  Pour water through the tea bags to maximize flavor.  Try 1 1/2 cups of sugar first.  If you want sweeter tea, next time try 1 3/4 cups of sugar.  Also, tea is better after it sits awhile.
Hope y’all enjoy it!

Thanks, Mama! 

And what I would wear if I were drinking this…

Simple and classy.  A great ensemble to sip some sweet tea.  

P.S.  Add some Firefly if you’d like too, but don’t let my mom know.  Haha!

Photo Credits:  1, 2, 3, 4


The location yesterday was Nice, France.  Love that place.  Got burnt to a crisp while I was there, but it was so worth it!  The first location was the Promenade des Anglais where everyone enjoys people watching, sipping their morning coffee, afternoon crepes, etc.  Second was Cours Saleya Flower Market.  It is seriously the most beautiful flower market I have ever seen!  Other sites in order were the Matisse Museum, Le Chateau, and Vieux Nice (Old Nice).  Yes, a beautiful place!

Photo credits from yesterday’s Nice photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

30 thoughts on “Thirsty Thursday: Mama’s Sweet Tea

  1. Sweet Tea is the greatest beverage in the entire world… I once had a girl from up north ask me what it was. Really? How could you even live without it?!

  2. I love sweet tea! Growing up in Georgia, that was the only kind of tea we drank. Strangely in Texas, the tea is not usually served sweet. I drink water mostly here because I can't get the tea sweet enough by adding sugar to it when it's cold.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  3. France! Really? I was so far off, I said Mexico. I should have known that last picture of the street looks like it would be here in New Orleans.

  4. My mom used to always make sweet tea in the summertime too! I'll definitely have to try this recipe. I'm completely obsessed with the Michael Kors shoes you posted! I've been looking all over for a new gold or nude wedge and I think I'm going to have to order these! Thanks for posting them!!


  5. OK, you have officially inspired me to make sun tea this weekend (assuming it is sunny). I love it!
    I am glad you liked my "cheaper" option today, and I do too (this never happens either as I am always drawn to everything expensive).
    🙂 Marcie

  6. Love it all, head to toe, and cheers to you Ashley, wish I was playing in the yard with you and the babies and sipping Mama's sweet tea with you while we oohed and ahhhed over fashion mags and the new Lilly catalog! 🙂 xoxo

  7. I don't think I could live without sweet tea, and my mama still makes the best! I don't even like making it b/c it will never rival hers!! Refreshing!

  8. I just found your blog and I love it!! 🙂

    I love sweet tea but somehow my mom's always seems to be better than mine, haha! And I DO love Firefly, too!

    AND, I love just about anything by Milly – oh so gorgeous and I used to indulge all the time before I got married and had a baby and now have to be more mindful of my hoo! 🙂

  9. Ooh, thanks for the recipe! I was recently introduced to sweet tea (I'm from Chicago) and I love it! It's so hard to find good sweet tea around here…besides McDonalds! I'm excited to try making my own at home!

  10. Loving those FABULOUS shoes and gold earrings! I have a confession….I'm a southerner but I do NOT like tea at all. I know, isn't that terrible?! My husband is on a huge Arnold Palmer kick now that summer is around the corner – his favorite way to have tea!

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