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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 of 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!  🙂
  • 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 brothers-in-law 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!

Large 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


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


  1. The Crumby Vegan says

    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

  2. Hannah says

    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 says

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

    • Lynn says

      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!

    • Lynn says

      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

  3. Maya Maceka says

    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!

  4. Emma says

    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 says

      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.

    • Lynn says

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

    • Lynn says

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

  5. Samantha says

    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!!! 🙂

    • Lynn says

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

  6. Elizabeth Brico says

    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 says

      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!

  7. Willow says

    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 says

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


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