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Southern Sweet Tea (Induction, Phase1)

Southern sweet tea is one of my favorite beverages but if it’s made right it’s anything but low carb. You have to boil the sugar in the water and then steep the tea in it. It makes a difference in the flavor that I can taste immediately.

For this recipe you’ll need: Xylitol, loose leaf tea or tea bags, lemon, mint leaves, sugar free sweetener, and tons of ice.

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Pitcher of Tea and Glasses

Needless to say I don’t like unsweet tea or even unsweet tea with sweetener. It just never gets the right kind of sweet.

You can’t boil sweetener in water either, so I just pretty much gave up ever drinking sweet tea again. I know, this isn’t rocket science but it was a big deal to me and if you grew up on that syrupy sweet stuff we call sweet tea you’ll totally understand.

One day I decided to see if Xylitol would work. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that doesn’t raise blood sugar levels. It’s the sweetener that Atkins uses in their shakes and snack bars. You get to totally discount the carbs from it.

There is one teeny problem. Some people are sensitive to it. If you don’t know how your body reacts to this stuff it’s best to drink it when you aren’t going anywhere for a few hours. It has a, well let’s just say it can have a cleansing effect on the system.

I used less Xylitol than I would have sugar and then after the tea was all done I did add a little more sweet flavor with my stevia powder. It was close enough to the real thing that I sat and drank a pitcher of it.

…I won’t be doing that again.

Glasses of Sweet Tea

Use your favorite low carb/carb free add ins. I used the lemon slices as garnish but added a some of the carb free lemonade drops just to make sure there was no extra carbs happening in that stuff. You could also muddle mint leaves or whatever you like.

I promise a tall glass of this filled with ice is exactly the perfect thing for a hot, southern day.
I like xylitol … if you can find it locally it’s available on Amazon.

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Low Carb Southern Sweet Tea

Sweet tea with all of the flavor of that real, syrupy stuff that we have running though our veins south of the Mason Dixon. If you are not happy with unsweet tea sweetened with one of those pink or blue or yellow packets give this a try.
Course Beverage, Drinks
Cuisine American – low -carb
Keyword cocktail
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 1kcal
Author Katherine Peters


  • 1 cup Xylitol
  • 1/2 gallon filtered water
  • Generous 1/3 cup loose leaf tea or 3 family sized tea bags
  • Tons of ice
  • Lemon
  • Mint leaves
  • Sweetener to taste


  • Put the water in a large pot.
  • Add the Xylitol and bring just to the boiling point, stirring until it is dissolved.
  • Immediately remove from the heat.
  • Stir in the tea or add tea bags.
  • Steep tea bags for 5 minutes or loose leaf tea for 3.
  • Remove tea bags or strain the loose leaf.
  • Pour tea into a pitcher and let come to room temperature before adding ice.
  • Taste and add sweetener of choice to get it just right.


If you are using loose leaf tea stir the tea constantly but slowly and gently for the full 3 minutes. This gives it a chance to unfold and release the full flavor. A pinch of baking soda can be added if desired. It can help keep the tea clear and guard against bitterness from over steeping.


Calories: 1kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Sodium: 95mg | Calcium: 57mg

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13 thoughts on “Southern Sweet Tea (Induction, Phase1)”

  1. Does “steep” mean to leave on the burner that has been turned off? Love the hint of baking soda to keep the tea clear~! <3

  2. I just want to say that I *love* your pitcher and glasses! And I’m also loving reading all of your recipes! Thank you so much for sharing.

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