Healthy Sweet Tea Recipe
Delicious and low carb, this Healthy Sweet Tea Recipe uses honey instead of buckets of sugar. Healthy Sweet Tea is refreshing and better for you than other sweet tea recipes.
A Healthy Sweet Tea recipe is here my friends! It’s healthified. And bonafied. and gasp made by a Yankee?
I have learned that one thing that all southern boys love is sweet tea. And southern boys demand it SWEET. My wonderful brother-in-law Scott, is from Huntington, West Virginia. Scott has been vocal that sweet tea in the Seattle area is neither sweet enough, or “tea-y” enough.
I set out to prove that not only can a crunchy granola Yankee chick make sweet tea, she can make it healthier and still taste great!
I started by consulting the internet. Two cups of sugar per pitcher were pretty standard. Uh, no thanks.
How Can I Sweeten Tea Without Sugar?
It rhymes with sunny, money, funny, and runny.
It’s a bunny. Obviously. Bunnies are the secret ingredient.
Ok, you got me, it’s honey. Traditional sweet tea recipes call for sugar. Lots and lots of sugar. We prefer to use honey and add it while the water is still hot enough to allow the honey to incorporate but not so hot that it kills the awesome beneficial properties.
Why Do You Add Baking Soda to Iced Tea, Ya Big Freak?
I let the tea bags (:snicker:) steep for a long time to get a strong tea flavor, but that can cause the tea to become bitter. The baking soda neutralizes that and just gives you the perfect tea flavor without a funky aftertaste.
Baking soda is my secret ingredient for cutting the acidity or bitterness out of lots of foods and drinks. Many people add sugar to balance out bitterness, but baking soda gets the job done like a baller (shot caller).
How to Make Healthy Sweet Tea – Step by Step
- Bring 4 cups of water to a near boil.
- Add tea bag(s) and baking soda, and cover the pan. Remove from heat, and let steep for 15 minutes.
- Remove tea bags, pour into a pitcher, add the honey and stir. Add 4 cups of cold water and place in the fridge. Pro tip: if you would like to serve immediately, add 2 cups of cold water and 2 cups of ice.
Pro Tips/Recipe Notes:
- Need to make more or less of the recipe? Click and slide the “servings” number on the recipe card and the ingredients will adjust as needed. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
- Don’t have family style bags? Use 7 small tea bags instead.
- Adding honey to cold iced tea just does not work. Make sure you add it after the 15-minute steeping process.
Variations on this Healthy Sweet Tea Recipe:
- Our preferred way of enjoying this healthy sweet tea is 3/4 tea, and 1/4 lemonade – ‘Palmer style!
- Pro tip: use lemon flavored sparkling water to make it a sparkling Arnold Palmer with less sugar.
- Try experimenting with flavored teas like fruity or tropical teas.
- Add lemon or lime wedges or add fresh fruit.
I won’t even compare this Healthy Sweet Tea Recipe to “real” sweet tea in terms of sugar consumption. But, let’s just say this version won’t give you the crazy energy rush that would allow you to tie a rope around your waist and tow your car home.
Making this recipe or others?
A healthier version of sweet tea that uses honey instead of buckets of refined sugar. One simple secret ingredient gives you a strong tea taste, without the bitterness.
- 1 family style black or green tea bag
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 4 cups water, boiling
- 4 cups water, cold or ice cubes
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
Bring 4 cups of water to a near boil.
Add tea bag(s) and baking soda, and cover the pan. Remove from heat, and let steep for 15 minutes.
Remove tea bags, pour into a pitcher, add the honey and stir. Add 4 cups of cold water and place in the fridge. Pro tip: if you would like to serve immediately, add 2 cups of cold water and 2 cups of ice.
- Serve over ice if you’d like to serve immediately. Transfer to the refrigerator and cool.
This recipe was originally published in Jue 2017. It has been retested and updated with reader feedback. New photos have been added and the recipe has been made printable.