Shrinking Southern Sweet Tea ‘Shine | THM: Sipper

I bought a box of Oolong tea several weeks ago because I wanted to make the Shrinker in the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. Well, I still haven’t made the Shrinker, but I accidentally made an Iced Tea that shrinks and shines!

It tastes just like Southern Sweet Tea, made even better with components from both the Shrinker and the GGMS. Completely sugar-free, this refreshing Summer drink is a Sipper that can be enjoyed all day long, which means it’s perfectly fine to be totally addicted. Right? Asking for a friend.

You’ll need oolong tea, lemon green tea (you can use regular green tea, too, and increase the amount of lemon juice instead), apple cider vinegar with the mother, liquid stevia, water, and lemon juice (fresh tastes the best, but bottled works as well).

Yield: 4 servings

Shrinking Southern Sweet Tea ‘Shine

Shrinking Southern Sweet Tea ‘Shine

This Shanker/Moonshine combo tastes just like Southern Sweet Tea! A Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Pull, you can refresh yourself with it this Summer, all day long.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 oolong tea bags
  • 2 lemon green tea bags
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 tsp liquid stevia extract
  • 4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 12 ice cubes
  • 2 cups of cold water


  1. Put tea bags into a 1 quart Mason jar and fill with boiling water. Screw on the lid, and allow the brew to cool completely in the fridge.
  2. In a large pitcher add the cold tea and all other ingredients. Stir well, and pour into a glass, and enjoy!


Adjust lemon juice, sweetener, and acv to own it!

73 thoughts on “Shrinking Southern Sweet Tea ‘Shine | THM: Sipper”

  1. You put boiling water in a mason jar ? did it not break? I was taught never to pour hot water especially boiling water into a empty mason jar.

    • Interesting, Carol! I’ll have to read up on that. I’ve been pouring boiling water into canning mason jars for a decade, and haven’t had one break yet. I think it depends on the quality of the glass. I have had the bottom of a glass pitcher break when I poured hot water in it though.

      You can brew the tea in whatever container you feel is the safest. A french press works well, too.

      • I have always heard that putting a silver spoon in a glass when pouring hot liquid in, keeps the glass from breaking. Old wive’s tale.

        • Not really an old wives tale: the metal absorbs some of the heat and decreases the chance of breaking. Also, if you run your mason jar under hot tap water for a minute prior to filling with boiling water, the glass won’t need to expand so much with the heat and will not break unless there is already a fracture in it.

      • I think the key is to warm your mason jar first. They are made to be able to pour hot jams and such in for canning, and fresh off the stove jam is hotter than boiling water, so it should be fine. (That said, everything wears out, and I lose about 1-2 out of 10 every time I make/can broth.

      • Growing up my mom did a lot of canning and she always poured boiling water into the Masson jars to sterilize them. They never cracked.

    • You can, just warm the jar a little with warm tap water and make sure it is sitting on a towel not the bare counter when you add the boiling water.

      • You can use a knife as well. It will do the same as hr knife, takes the heat. When you can, the jars are tempered first with the step of sterilizing them

    • Don’t you put your canning jars in boiling water to sterilize? If you have a thin glassed jar, not a canning jar, it may break, but a true canning jar (Mason, Ball etc.) you should be fine.

    • Canning jars are tempered and made to be used with hot liquids. That is why you can’t use just any old jar for canning process.

    • Trick…. If you are concerned….. Put a metal soup spoon in a glass container before putting anything hot in…. It works as a conductor and glass won’t break. However, mason jars are made for canning and you shouldn’t have a problem.

  2. This looks great! I love iced teas of any kind. I am a little confused by the directions. Do you fill the 4-quart mason jar with boiling water – or use the 2 cups that are called for in the ingredient list?


  3. HEllo,
    a 4 quart mason jar is a GALLON jar, correct?
    Just making sure that you are getting a gallon of tea mixture before you add the ice and 2 cups water.
    Thank you

    • Thanks, Laurie! You caught my mistake! You should actually brew your tea in a 1 quart mason jar (which is 4 CUPS!), and then add the 2 cooled cups of water later.

      • Hi Jacinda –

        I didn’t want to make my own comment bc it is related to Carleen’s in a way… I’m starting out on THM plan now, & am trying to get my prepping done so i don’t fall off the wagon before i start 😉

        Question: I do NOT have liquid stevia, but i DO have THM’s Gentle Sweet, Super Sweet, & their Stevia Extract powder….. Which one do you think would be best to use in this recipe? and how much should i use?

  4. I see your clarification above, but I’m still a bit confused. You are using a 4 quart/1 gal mason jar? Is that correct? Thanks

  5. This makes one gallon? Or you use a one quart Mason Jar? This sounds so amazing. Thanks for sharing this combo!

    • You are right! You need a 1 qt (4 CUPS) mason jar for brewing the tea, not a 4 quart. My the time you add the ice and the other two cups of water, you’ll have about 8 Cups of Sweet Tea.

  6. Instructions say, “allow brew cool completely in fridge”. How long is that? I’ve never made my sweet tea that way!

    • Hi Tricia, I use the SweetLeaf stevia drops that are linked to in the post. You can buy it on Amazon, or in Canada, you buy it at Loblaw stores, the Bulk Barn, Goodness Me, or Farm Boy.

    • Hi Rebecca, this sipper is okay to drink all day, no matter what fuel you are eating. It’s not a meal, since it contains no protein. Drink up and enjoy all day long!

  7. I just made this & I feel like the ACV is really potent! I’m getting mostly a vinegar taste when I drink it. Is is very strong for you & just something I need to get used to? I’ve diluted my single cup a little more with water & added a little more liquid stevia, so it’s ok but I just want to make sure. I’m in Alabama where southern sweet tea is the norm! So I didn’t expect it to taste like THAT but I do prefer sweeter tea & the vinegar just seemed to overpower. Suggestions? 🙂

    • Think lemonade instead of sweet tea. I’m from Alabama, too, although I no longer drink tea with sugar in it (I drink it unsweetened or with a few drops of stevia added). When I made a variation of this type of tea, I always tell my family it’s lemonade tea…prepares them for the sour taste!

  8. I love this tea. This is my first time making it. I did not have lemon green tea so I used the green tea that I had. I squeezed a 1/2 of a lime in the finished brew instead of lemon and used 3T of ACV since I was not sure if my taste buds would tolerate more. It is great, next time I will add 4T of ACV.

  9. I have been making tea with honey. Could I substitute honey for the stevia?From this recipe, it’s hard to imagine that it actually turns out sweet. Eager to give it a try.

  10. Once you put the boiling water in the mason jar and put the lid on it to you immediately put it in the refrigerator? If so, won’t it break? Or do you let it cool and then put it in the refrigerator to cool rest of the way.

  11. This sounds so good, just wondering how much does this make, or, how many servings does this make? Curious to know how often I’d have to make it, I’m all about drinking goodness, but, simplicity, too . Thanks for the recipe – hopefully I can make enough for several days at a time.

  12. I want to buy the oolong tea but I use and I can’t get it to connect to that so that I get to use smile and you get credit for sharing the oolong tea with me. Do you know how to do that? Thanks.

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