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Sweet Southern Mint Tea

Now ya can’t live in the South and not drink sweet tea, right?  I must confess that even though I’m from the South, I love sweet and unsweetened tea.  One fo the great things about tea is that there are so many different varieties and so many ways you can drink it!  Tons of flavors, different ways to sweeten it, you can add fruits, and you can add herbs.  It’s such a versatile drink and I think that is one of the many reasons it’s such a loved drink.  This Sweet Southern Mint Tea is so refreshing!

Sweet Tea

Sitting on the back covered porch, I was craving some tea so guess what?  I hopped up out of my seat and made some ’cause that’s what I do when I have a craving for something!  You know I’m all about quick and simple.  From time to time I do get a little extravagant, but with a home that needs so many projects done and work, I have to be smart and save my fancy recipes as my sister calls them until the weekend.

I have one ingredient that isn’t normal for iced tea, but I love it and it adds a punch to it. So let me share my recipe!

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Sweet Southern Mint Tea


  • 1 gallon of water
  • 5-6 family sized tea bags
  • Juice from 1/2 of an orange
  • Honey  (Y’all, we know sweet tea can go from sweet to downright syrup depending on taste buds.  So start out with 1-2 cups and add according to your taste buds!  πŸ™‚
  • Lemons
  • Mint
  • Large square and round ice cubes (AKA “man cubes” you’ll find out why I call them that later in this post.)

When I went home last summer for one sister’s birthday and the other sister’s baby shower (yes, all in one weekend), one of my brother-in-laws had these huge ice cubes which he calls man cubes.  Since then I’ve been in search of man cube trays.  I’ve tried several, but none of them worked very well.  I finally found a set of great man cubes that are square and round!  Yes…little things make me happy.  It’s the details!

Fruit Ice Cubes

Lemon Ice Cubes

To make the man cubes even better, I added slices of lemon in them so as the ice melts, you’ll have lemon slices in your tea.  Yum!

Southern Sweet Tea

I pour it into a glass beverage dispenser and time to drink!

Mint Tea

Southern Sweet Mint Tea

Grab your glass of tea and let’s have a get together in the comments below!  What’s your favorite summer drink?


Sweet Southern Mint Tea
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  1. 1 Gallon of water
  2. 5-6 Family sized tea bags
  3. Juice of 4 lemons
  4. Juice of 1/2 of an orange
  5. 1/c Honey
  6. 5 Sprigs of fresh mint
  1. Boil a gallon of water in a large pot. Once water comes to a boil, remove from the stove and add the tea bags.
  2. Steep for 20 minutes. If you like lighter tea, steep less. For stronger tea, steep longer.
  3. Add remaining ingredients.
  4. Stir until ingredients are well blended.
  1. When I make this tea, I let it sit overnight so the mint can sit and give the tea a stronger mint taste.
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67 Comments… add one
  • Sabina 07/05/2017, 8:20 AM

    This tea sounds so refreshing, I’d love to try making it today! πŸ™‚ xo

    Sabina | I’ve Got Sunshine

    • Lynn 07/05/2017, 4:03 PM

      Let me know how you like it, Sabina. It definitely comes in handy in this NC heat!

  • Alexandria 07/05/2017, 1:30 PM

    This looks so yummy! I’ll have to try the recipe!

    • Lynn 07/05/2017, 4:02 PM

      Thanks, Alexandria!

  • The Crumby Vegan 07/05/2017, 1:47 PM

    I love the idea of putting lemons in your huge ‘man-sized’ ice cubes so that they melt into the drink – sounds super refreshing! Did you find the trays online or in a shop? If online, please share

  • Jiya B 07/05/2017, 2:13 PM

    I am a tea lover. This is something will try definitely . The pictures were just perfect.

    • Lynn 07/05/2017, 3:26 PM

      Thanks, Jiya! Hope yo like it!

  • Shelly Pineda 07/05/2017, 2:15 PM

    Being from the South, my love for tea is beyond this world! I’ll definitely be trying out your recipe! Thank you for sharing!

    • Lynn 07/05/2017, 3:26 PM

      Hope you like it, Shelly! I love tea too!

  • Hannah 07/05/2017, 2:40 PM

    This looks delicious! I’m a big tea drinker myself, but tend to switch to ice tea in the summer (I’m from Virginia so it gets hot here!). I love the idea of the “man cubes” haha with the lemon as a nice garnish. Bookmarked for later

    • Lynn 07/05/2017, 3:25 PM

      Thanks, Hannah. I just moved to Raleigh from the DC area so I know all about those VA summers! πŸ™‚

  • Jacinta 07/05/2017, 4:59 PM

    I’ve heard a lot about southern sweet tea! This sounds like a refreshing treat πŸ™‚ yum!

    • Lynn 07/05/2017, 9:36 PM

      It’s so yummy, Jacinta! That was one of the bad things about living in DC. Unless I made it, I couldn’t get any!

  • Tara 07/05/2017, 6:28 PM

    uh yum!!! i love the added ice cube idea, definitely going to try!

    • Lynn 07/05/2017, 9:31 PM

      Thanks, Tara!

  • Chevelle 07/05/2017, 6:46 PM

    This looks delicious! I love the man cubes. I need to find some of those.

    • Lynn 07/05/2017, 9:31 PM

      Yes, I love the man cubes! They’re always a big hit at our parties!

  • Lisa 07/06/2017, 12:13 AM

    Yum! I love all different kinds of tea, I will have to try this!


    • Lynn 07/06/2017, 9:41 AM

      Me too, Lisa! I like Passion and Green tea-those are 2 of my favorites.

  • Lyf&Spice 07/06/2017, 12:21 AM

    That’s a neat and easy way.. I love mint tea. Must try this out too. Cheers!!

    • Lynn 07/06/2017, 9:41 AM


  • Felicia Gentile 07/06/2017, 7:58 AM

    Wow I love a good sweet tea! This receipe seems so awesome! How would you turn this into a traditional sweet tea?

    • Lynn 07/06/2017, 9:42 AM

      Thanks, Felicia! I would just remove the mint and the orange. Of course, as you know with sweet tea, it goes from lightly sweetened to syrup! lol

  • Rachel 07/06/2017, 9:12 AM

    Wow! This looks incredible. I can’t wait to make some up tonight to serve with barbecue chicken. Thanks for sharing!

  • Maya Maceka 07/06/2017, 9:33 AM

    Well doesn’t this look delicious! I found your recipe in perfect timing. Having a little summer party this weekend and I will definitely be trying this out!

    • Lynn 07/06/2017, 9:43 AM

      Have a great time, Maya!

  • Emma 07/06/2017, 10:32 AM

    This is what I’ve been craving on these hot days! Also, I love calling them man cubes!! We love them because they don’t melt as fast!

    • Lynn 07/06/2017, 4:43 PM

      Yes, it’s nice to not have to keep adding ice cubes to your drink and then end up with a tall glass of watery drink.

  • Louann Kristy 07/06/2017, 11:25 AM

    This looks and sounds so delicious ! It sounds so perfect on a hot summers day by the pool.

    • Lynn 07/06/2017, 4:42 PM

      Thanks, Louann!

  • Mikaela 07/06/2017, 11:44 AM

    I never thought of putting orange juice in tea, but that sounds like a great idea! I love a good sweet tea!

    • Lynn 07/06/2017, 4:42 PM

      Yes, it doesn’t give it a strong flavor, but it’s just enough so you can slightly taste it. I love it!

  • Yulianna 07/06/2017, 12:32 PM

    Very useful information! Thank you for sharing!

    • Lynn 07/06/2017, 4:42 PM

      Thanks for stopping by, Yulianna!

  • Liz 07/06/2017, 1:32 PM

    I love iced tea, I will have to try your recipe! The man cubes are such a good idea too! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lynn 07/06/2017, 4:41 PM

      Thanks for visiting, Liz!

  • Nita 07/06/2017, 1:32 PM

    Love the man cubes!!! Mint is a winner for me any day of the week.

    • Lynn 07/06/2017, 4:41 PM

      Thanks, Nita, they’re the best!

  • Maryanne 07/06/2017, 1:42 PM

    I love sweet tea! Great tip about letting the mint steep overnight!

    • Lynn 07/06/2017, 4:40 PM

      Yes, it does make a difference Maryanne!

  • Marnie 07/06/2017, 2:30 PM

    I love the whole idea of “man ” cubes with lemon when they melt. Genius! Thanks so much!

    • Lynn 07/06/2017, 4:40 PM

      Thanks, Marnie!

  • Chelsea 07/06/2017, 2:49 PM

    My garden has been growing mint like crazy and I’ve been thinking up ways to use it all- thanks for this yummy idea!

    • Lynn 07/06/2017, 4:40 PM

      Nice, Chelsea! I plan are starting my garden next year-can’t wait! Mint is on the list of things to grow.

  • Samantha 07/06/2017, 2:59 PM

    Oh my god! We have a set of man cubes, but I never thought about using them for tea!!! That’s just genius! I hate it when all the small ice cubes melt in my sweet tea, but you just solved that problem for me. Thank you!!! πŸ™‚

    • Lynn 07/06/2017, 4:39 PM

      Samantha, aren’t those man cubes just the best? Your drink stays cold the whole time! And boy does it get really, really cold!

  • Kristen Jones 07/06/2017, 3:10 PM

    Mm. This looks so yummy! I love a good sweet tea—adding the mint, even better!

    • Lynn 07/06/2017, 4:38 PM

      Thanks, Kristen! Yes, the mint does give it a really nice flavor.

  • Jolina 07/06/2017, 4:29 PM

    I don’t think I’ve tried proper southern iced tea yet. That must change! This looks so refreshing and perfect for summer.

    • Lynn 07/06/2017, 4:38 PM

      There’s nothing like it, Jolina! πŸ™‚

  • kristin 07/06/2017, 7:44 PM

    Seriously need to try this tea!!!!! Going to for next weekend πŸ™‚

    • Lynn 07/07/2017, 4:08 PM

      Thanks, Kristin! πŸ™‚

  • Jenny 07/06/2017, 10:51 PM

    This sounds so refreshing and perfect for summertime!

  • Elizabeth Brico 07/07/2017, 2:10 PM

    My husband loves sweet tea. I never thought about it,but do you think that has to do with the fact that he lived in Florida for a while? I dunno, but I can’t wait to share this recipe with him! Mint and lemon sounds suuuuper yummy!

    • Lynn 07/07/2017, 4:15 PM

      I think it does Elizabeth! I have several friends from Florida and they love sweet tea just as much as I do! Thanks for visiting!

  • Willow 07/07/2017, 3:54 PM

    I need to try some southern sweet tea! It sounds delicious! I watch a lot of the Food Network, and have seen huge ice cubes like the man cubes you made. I think they are a great idea because they melt so much slower and you don’t have dilution.

    • Lynn 07/07/2017, 4:17 PM

      I don’t know who invented those man cubes, but it was brilliant. Thanks for stopping by, Willow!

  • Melissa 07/08/2017, 10:55 PM

    Yes!! Sweet tea=south in my book. Come on over and we’ll share some tea and then go decor shopping! #HomeMattersParty

  • Nicole 07/09/2017, 10:29 PM

    I bet the mint makes this sweet tea even more refreshing on a hot day. YUM! #HomeMattersParty

  • Donna @ Modern on Monticello 07/10/2017, 1:55 PM

    I have never heard of “man-cubes” but I find it hilarious. Thanks for sharing and I will be looking for these ice cube trays. Great recipe. #HomeMattersParty

    • Lynn 07/10/2017, 11:14 PM

      Yes, Donna, when he said it I laughed so hard!

  • Emily @DomesticDeadline.com 07/11/2017, 9:16 PM

    Mmmmm, sounds so refreshing! #HomeMattersParty

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