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How to Brew Kimberly’s Southern-Style Sweet Iced Tea + Video

This is absolutely delicious and my favourite summer drink. I call it southern-style sweet tea because Southerners make wonderful sweet tea, and love it so much. However, my mother has been making wonderful sweet iced tea since I was little, and she is certainly not a southerner! LOL

My Story:
When I was little, I had an English nanny straight from England. The first time she offered to make my mother a cup of tea, at our house, she noticed that my mother didn’t have PG Tips tea. This is a British favorite and is imported from England, but is available at our grocery stores in Canada (especially A&P). She made quite a fuss about us not having the right kind of teabags, and said that we’ve never had a great cup of tea until we had PG Tips. Well, what followed was that she threw out all of our other brands of plain tea. When she came over the next day, she stocked us up with PG Tips.

We’ve been believers ever since, and we always make sure we are stocked up to this day. *** As you will see in the ingredients chart, I recommend using PG Tips for iced tea.

Type: Beverage Recipe
Serve With: You can make an alcoholic version of this drink by adding 1 shot of your favorite liquor to a 16 oz highball.
Prep Time: 10 min
Brew Time: 5 min
Yield: 16 cups

The ingredients & instructions are listed below the video for measurements & directions. Please enjoy the video below.


  • 4 tea bags – My absolute favorite brand is PG Tips.
  • ~ 16 cups water – ~ 10 cups boiled
  • 1 lemon – freshly squeezed
  • 2 oranges – freshly squeezed
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

* As of late, I’ve been reducing the amount of sugar that goes into this beverage. I am now using 1 1/2 cups sugar for the same amount of iced tea, and only 3 tea bags.


  1. Boil ~ 10 cups water in a pot, or as much as you can fill your kettle with.
  2. Using a natural vegetable/fruit spray cleaner, spray lemon and oranges, and rinse under cool water.
  3. In large pitcher (one that is able to hold at least 16 cups of liquid), combine sugar, 4 tea bags, and juice of the lemon and oranges, and the empty halves of the lemon & orange.
  4. Once water has boiled, pour into pitcher and stir to dissolve sugar. Only leave tea bags and citrus halves in for 5 min maximum.
  5. Remove tea bags & citrus halves and discard, or use for compost.
  6. Fill pitcher to top with ~ 6 more cups of cool water. * Tip: To cool tea quicker, use ice cubes in place of cool water.
  7. Serve & Enjoy in an frosty glass.

Nutrition Facts:
It is best to use organic citrus. Organic teas area also available.


Experiment with different types of tea, but always follow instructions for that particular type of tea for length of steeping time.

I have used other fruit, herbal teas, green teas, and interesting spices and herbs in our iced tea.

If you come to our house, you can pretty much guarantee that you’ll find a tall, cold pitcher of iced tea in the fridge.


I hope you enjoy this Tea Recipe on Cooking with Kimberly. Until next time…

Eat Deliciously!

P.S. Grab yourself a fantastic Glass Teapot today to enjoy your hot tea:

Glass Teapot Glass Teapot

Add some flair and style to teatime with our elegant glass teapot. A large metal infuser chamber gives your tea plenty of room to unfurl and fully infuse, placing more flavor in each cup. Made of tempered glass, our teapot is dishwasher safe and brews 5 cups. Not made for stove-top use. Made in China. 42oz (1.2L).

[tags]beverage, beverage recipe, highball, iced tea, PG Tips, southern style, sweet tea, tea, English tea[/tags]

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Author: Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner is the web-chef behind CookingWithKimberly.com. Food writer, food consultant and general lover of the delicious treats on our planet, Kimberly brings you hearty content, delicious offerings, fun antics, and some down-home cooked love with her mom making cameos. Internet entrepreneur and marketer, International model, and Editor-in-Chief of a number of online publications. Be a Champion in Your Kitchen & Eat Deliciously!

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