Chick-fil-a Sweet Tea Copycat Recipe

I recently shared with you the copycat recipe for Chick-fil-a Lemonade and so many of you are also searching for the Chick-fil-a sweet Tea recipe, well here you go! Although I am not a huge tea fan, I am married to one! My husband (with some southern roots) has been making sweet tea for our friends and family for years! His favorite is an ‘Arnold Palmer’- 1/2 lemonade & 1/2 sweet tea. The secret ingredient in this Chick-fil-a Sweet Tea copycat recipe lies in the tea bags… just look below! 


  • tea pot
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 3 extra large Tetly brand tea bags (Orange Pekoe also tastes very similar, Lipton brand offers great flavor and easiest to find.)  
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar (use an artificial sweetener for ‘light’ or ‘diet’ version)
  • large 1 gallon pitcher


1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, pour into 1 gallon tea pitcher. Add sugar and stir to dissolve.

2. Add three tea bags to the pitcher.  Let them infuse the water for at least fifteen minutes. (The longer, the stronger!) Although, do not allow your water to completely cool.

3. Gently squeeze excess water from the tea bags and remove. Finish by filling with cool water to 1 gallon line. Stir well.

4. Refrigerate to chill or serve immediately over a large glass of ice. Enjoy!


  1. I love, love, love, sweet tea!! Thanks for sharing your recipe :-)

  2. This sounds delicious! I am pinning it :)

  3. Chick-fil-A is the ONLY fast food place I order a size LARGE drink…simply because of their sweet tea!! So glad you’ve duplicated it here for us!! I can never make a decent sweet tea at home…will definitely be trying this. Thanks bunches for linking this & your other wonderful posts up at Mop It Up Monday!! Featuring this one on my FB page!


  4. sounds great! I also prefer the Arnold Palmer

  5. Aint nothing better than southern sweet ice tea!! and yes chik fil a has the best!! ((:

  6. I love their sweet tea and lemonade!!!

  7. just made your tea this week…i have always made my tea with 2 cups of sugar…this way it seems just as sweet and you don’t get that too “strong” taste with boiling the bags…i will def keep using it..thanks

  8. My husband ADORES chick fil a sweet tea… I’ll definitely need to try this recipe! thanks for sharing! please come link up at Hearts&Homes Link Party at
    we’d love to have you :)

  9. Chick fil a does have some awesome ice tea!!! I’m going to have to try this now:-)

  10. Jennifer says:

    By “large tetley brand tea bags,” do you mean the “family size” or a typical size tea bag? I have always bought lipton both in regular size tea bags (4 bags per gallon) or 2 large family size bags… Should i be lowering my number of bags based on regular size tea bags or upping my number of bags based on large family size bags? Does this even make sense? haha

    New reader here. :) Found you via pinterest :)

    • I am not familiar with exactly what you are using, however, I would say that the ratio that you use is probably going to be similar to the recipe I posted. If you use 4 bags per gallon, then I would go with a similar amount in the copycat recipe. I have never found Chic-Fil-A tea to be overly strong. If the first batch doesn’t work, then adjust according to your taste, that’s ultimately what is most important.

  11. Water is ultimately what makes good tea for me. I buy bottled water due to the mineral content of my water at home. The tea is now much better than when i use tap water.

  12. This receipe is the best! Tastes just like the real thing! Thank you!! :)

  13. I have to say this is the 1 st time I have ever commented on a site !!! I felt the need to say LOVE it !!!! The Ice Tea is spot on ! Even fooled my kids who love Chic-fil-a sweet tea ! Love your page :)

  14. I have a filter system on my spicket thereby avoiding the cost of having to buy the bottled water. I use to use Tetley, now use Red Rose for my Iced Tea and also use 1 1/2 cups sugar, however, I use the regular size tea bags and use 10 per gallon, when used with ice it waters it down, so I like to make it strong.

  15. My wife has always been the one to make the tea, and she was not here tonight, so I tried your recipe. One of the best if not the best Iced Tea recipes. Tastes great without being overly sweet nor “underly” sweet. LOL! Thank you for sharing, will use again and again and again!

  16. I’m a southern girl and have been making sweet tea for years! The first Chik-fil-A was in my hometown and I have always loved it!
    I boil the water and sugar together — then take it off the burner, adding the tea bags in the pot, cover the pot and allow it to steep. When cooled, pour into pitcher and add water to make a gallon. Some people prefer it not so sweet — so you can always adjust the amount of sugar to your liking.

  17. Jeff Tate says:

    3 tea bags for a gallon of water? Weak. Are they extra large ones? I use at least 8, sometimes more for a gallon of sun tea. Sometimes I cold brew it in the fridge. Lipton tea is the better choice in my opinion.

  18. If I wanted to modify this recipe to half since I’m the lone tea drinker in the house, how can I modify without losing the flavor especially since we’ve got an uneven number of tea bags (which I’m assuming is the “family” size)

    • Invite friends over for tea!? 😉 You could try ‘halfing’ the recipe the best you can and do a trial run then add more of what you feel is missing also! Good luck; keep us posted! :)

  19. This recipie is great! Thank you so much for sharing! Tastes just like Chick-Fil-a! I was afraid to steep for 15 minutes because I thought it would be to strong. 15 minutes was perfect not to strong at all!

  20. So if I am using normal Lipton tea, how many bags do I use?

  21. I’ve been told I make the best sweet tea in the world, so I have to try it this way. I do NOT like lemon in my tea. I have an iced tea maker, which makes a gallon, so I’ve tried several methods with it, and I find it best if I use 2 large family size bags of Lipton, or 6 regular, and brew the tea using only half the amount of ice it calls for, add my sugar once it is done brewing, and THEN finish filling the pitcher with ice. Delicious!! Oh, and I use the ‘strong’ setting, so that it has time to steep. I’m the only tea drinker here, and a gallon pitcher lasts me about two days.


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