Hey Y’all, It’s Our Favorite Sweet Tea Recipes!

Picture this: you’re on vacation relaxing on the porch swing. The weather is a perfect 75 degrees with a light breeze. If you’re in the Great Smoky Mountains, you might have a fantastic mountain view before you. Really, only one thing can make this scene better: a glass of sweet tea beside you.  

The south and sweet tea go together like peanut butter and jelly. Whether it’s your classic southern sweet tea, or a tea with a twist, a refreshing glass is a welcome beverage any time of the year!

  1. Old Fashioned Sweet Tea

glass of ice tea with lemon

Just like Mama used to make it! Brew this time-honored drink that’s a favorite below the Mason-Dixon line. The pinch of baking soda is the secret ingredient; it keeps the smooth flavor and controls the bitterness that comes with brewed tea. Pour it in a mason jar and serve cold with a slice of lemon for an authentic feel. Best enjoyed on a warm, sunny afternoon.

  1. Blackberry Sweet Tea

Blackberry tea in a glass cup. Decorated with mint leaves

After a leisurely trip to the farmer’s market for fresh blackberries, this beverage is the perfect accent to a spring or summer day. With the addition of mint and extra sugar, this tea concoction replenishes you. Add a splash of peach schnapps for the grown-ups!

  1. The Arnold Palmer

Iced tea with lemon and mint on wooden table, outdoors

So simple, yet so refreshing! This thirst-quencher of a recipe is the perfect blend of sweet tea and lemonade. You can adjust the proportion of tea to lemonade to find your favorite balance. Make a large pitcher of this for your cabin. We guarantee it won’t last long!

  1. Winter Iced Tea

Eistee mit Zitronenscheiben und Eiswürfeln in einem Glas

Who says sweet tea can only be enjoyed in the summer? Stay hydrated in the cooler months with this recipe which uses white tea, peppermint, and hibiscus for a delightful flavor. Garnish the red-hued tea with rosemary sprigs for a festive look that you can savor anytime of year.

  1. Governor’s Mansion Peach Tea Punch

jar of peach tea shot with selective focus

Feeling fancy? This hybrid sweet tea punch has all the flavors of summer with a combination of tea, lemonade, peach, and ginger ale. Add fresh peach wedges and mint on top for a polished drink that’s easy to sip and great to enjoy on a breezy patio. Peachy!

  1. Spiked Sweet Tea


If you’re an adult who loves sweet tea, it’s time to kick it up a notch with a splash of your favorite whiskey or bourbon. A dash of lemon and mint makes this cocktail a great choice to appreciate with a golden sunset. Even if you’re not on vacation, one of these mixed drinks will help you unwind!

  1. Autumn Sweet Tea

Winter drink with spice

When there’s a nip in the air, it’s time to brew up this tasty sweet tea recipe. With hints of apple, cranberry, and even pumpkin pie spice, it’s a good choice for a cozy fall evening by the fireplace. For more of a cider flavor, you can serve warm, or keep it chilled for a cool harvest flavor.

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