Southern Iced Tea

By John Crowley

Whether you’re relaxing on the porch with family and friends or just taking quiet time for yourself, Southern Iced Tea is the perfect companion.

Southern Iced Tea
  • 3 cups water2 tea bags, Family Size1 cup of Splenda_2 cups of water

  1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil. Pour over tea bags; cover and steep 10 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags, squeezing gently. Stir Splenda into tea. Add 2 cups water; serve over crushed ice. Add lemon juice and garnish, if desired. Serves 6.

Nutritional Facts

Calories 15
Calories From Fat 0
Total Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 4 gDiabetic Exchanges
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8 replies

MoonDragn 2016-04-12 23:45:17 -0500 Report

I'm not sure who calculated the carbs for this recipe, but this is incorrect as per serving data. A single packet of Splenda, generic or brand-name, has 0 carbs. Perhaps it is for the entire recipe? IDK who would use only 1 teaspoon of real sugar per 3 Cups of tea, so it is not accurate to compare the two. Since 1 Cup of sugar has 200G of carbs, we should look at the data for 1 Cup of Splenda sugar equivalent. Let me think, 15 VS. 200…hmmm…
This is a lovely recipe, and I like to use Earl Gray tea for the base. I use 5 packets of generic splenda per quart of tea, but you should us whatever taste best to you. And, if you are diabetic, truly no sugar is better than using real sugar in a drink, even only 1 teaspoon per quart. It hits your blood very fast, like drinking vodka in a red bull. Nasty, nasty…But tea with herbs like mint and lavender don't need additional sweetness if you prefer to not use artificial sweeteners. Happy drinking!

cheali2005 2013-10-04 00:10:20 -0500 Report

Gee, the carbs are almost the same for the Splenda versus the regular sugar. Thanks anonymous for that information. I also do not like using artificial chemicals in my body…pays to investigate everything.

Anonymous 2013-10-04 00:08:51 -0500 Report

I would not use Splenda, as the artificial sweeteners are more harmful to your body than using a teaspoon of regular sugar in an 8-ounce glass of tea. There is 4.2 grams of carbohydrates in one teaspoon of regular sugar, without the side effects of artificial sweeteners.

furelise29 2013-09-28 09:41:24 -0500 Report

I use Splenda all the time. The box is a bit costly. But it's better than real sugar. The tea in the picture does look weak. I think it's green tea.

Barc777 2013-05-28 17:58:39 -0500 Report

That tea looks awfully weak. Sure it isn't actually green tea?

The Splenda is really expensive when you get it at a 1:1 sugar ratio. Might be less expensive to buy the packets. I also use Sweet'N'Low with the Splenda to cut the cost.