Mama’s Sweet Tea Recipe {w/ Nugget Ice}

Sharing my mom’s simple sweet tea recipe today!


In the south, we love our sweet tea! But did you know that when I was a kid, I didn’t like it? 😳 My whole family loved drinking sweet tea except my sister and me.

Everyone said my mom made great sweet tea, but I never knew what it tasted like….until I got married.

Cy LOVED sweet tea and would ask me to make it for him when we first got married. Unfortunately, I had never made sweet tea, so I asked my mom how she made hers. I wanted to make it EXACTLY like she did, so I would know that Cy would like it.

Mom told me her very simple sweet tea recipe, and I have made it for 25 years EXACTLY like my mom told me to. Cy and the kids LOVE it every time!

This sweet tea recipe is soooo simple, which makes it even better!

Mama’s Sweet Tea Recipe

Mama’s Sweet Tea Recipe

Recipe by traci


  • 4 small tea bags of choice (I use Lipton)

  • 1 cup of sugar

  • water


  • Boil water in a small pan on the stove.
  • Add 4 small sweet tea bags to boiling water and remove from heat.
  • Let steep for 5 or more minutes.
  • Pour 1 cup of sugar into 2 qt pitcher
  • Pour steeped tea into sugar and stir until dissolved.
  • Add more water to fill pitcher and stir.
  • Serve and ENJOY!

Recipe Video

How do you make your sweet tea? Is it the same or similar to mine? Feel free to share in the comments below. :)

Also, I shared a few weeks ago on instagram that I got something for my kitchen that I’ve been wanting for a few years now…a nugget ice maker!

Its the Gevi 1000B. and my model is white/cream and gold, but it also comes in black.

I love it so much, and so does my whole family! We use it all day every day. ❤️ I shared about it on my instagram account and answered some questions people had. Here is a video of those stories…

Why do I love nugget ice so much? Well, here are some benefits.

Nugget Ice Benefits

Nugget ice is a type of ice that is made from small, round pellets. It is often used in restaurants and bars, but it is becoming more popular for home use as well. There are many benefits to using nugget ice, including:

  • It is very cold. Nugget ice is made at a very low temperature, which makes it colder than traditional ice cubes. This is great for drinks that you want to stay cold, such as cocktails and smoothies.
  • It is easy to chew. Nugget ice is small and soft, so it is easy to chew. This makes it a good choice for people with sensitive teeth or who have difficulty chewing.
  • It does not dilute drinks. Nugget ice is made with very little air, so it does not dilute drinks as much as traditional ice cubes. This means that your drinks will taste more flavorful.
  • It is slow-melting. Nugget ice melts slowly, which means that your drinks will stay cold for longer. This is great if you are having a party or if you want to enjoy your drink over a long period of time.
  • It is aesthetically pleasing. Nugget ice looks great in drinks and on serving trays. It is a great way to add a touch of class to your next party or gathering.

If you are looking for a type of ice that is cold, easy to chew, does not dilute drinks, and melts slowly, then nugget ice is a great option. It is becoming more popular for home use, and it is a great way to enjoy your favorite drinks.

I have a 35% off coupon code for you to get your own Gevi Nugget Ice Maker!

Let me know if you decide to get one!

And one more thing….I actually like the taste of sweet tea now! After 25 years of making sweet tea for Cy, I have taken a sip or two, (or 100😂) to test the sweetness, and I have actually acquired a taste for it! So thankful to my mom for teaching me how to make it all those years ago. ❤️

Have a blessed day, friends!



P.S. Check out more recipes on my blog HERE.


  1. What a cute little ice machine. I just love the song Jonathan sings in your video. He is soooo talented. I don’t like sugar in my tea, so I don’t like sweet tea, but I know everyone in the South loves it. I use 7 tea bags to 1 gallon and if I add sugar for anyone but me, I just add like 1/4 c. But, like I said, I like mine without sugar. Thanks for the discount code. I’ll have to check this out. Sounds like your family has been so busy and loving your property and all the farm life you have. Its sounds wonderful. Cyndi has been sharing the trips she has taken with you and Wayne to see Jonathan sing. Its great he has so much family support. Blessings.

  2. I didn’t know tea bags were made with sugar in them. what kind of water do you use in the little ice maker to make the cubes soft.

    1. My tea bags do not have sugar in them. I add the sugar. I use filtered water for my ice maker, but I sometimes use water from my sink faucet. Either way, the ice is the same. :)

  3. I’m thinking of my Mom’s sun tea right now. 😋 Nowadays, I drink decaf, unsweetened, with lemon. Drinking tea with 🍋 can decrease the formation of kidney stones.

    On a related note-IBD causes occasional anemia & one symptom is eating ice. Ice doesn’t have iron in it and it’s simply a weird coincidence. If I start craving ice, I know my iron & hemoglobin level needs checked.

  4. I started drinking sweet tea made just this way as a child. My family drank it by the gallons! These days I make it the same way, minus the sugar.

      1. It’s probably about 3 to 4 cups that I boil, but I usually just fill the small pot half way up. Then after I add the sugar, I fill it up to the top of the pitcher with water.

  5. Made the sweet tea today…perfect! Thank you! I plan to start making it at home, instead of buying it out. I really want that ice maker…thank you for posting about it. I have been looking to buy one.
    Love your IG!

  6. Hey Traci! I enjoy your blog so much. Just love the way you decorate and the renovations that your husband does. Wanted to let you know that I have purchased two of the nugget ice makers….one for my son and one for me. Thank you so much for the coupon. I can’t wait to get them. Just love nugget ice……..

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