Summerville wants World Record for largest sweet tea

With National Iced Tea Day fast approaching, South Carolina is getting ready to attempt to break the World Record for World’s Largest Sweet Tea.

According to Hannah Raskin, a Chik-Fil-A in Oklahoma currently holds the title.

Though most people associate sweet tea with the south, many people are unaware that sweet tea originated in Summerville, SC.

Robert Moss explains: “because Summerville was home to the first big U.S. tea plantation and iced tea wasn’t invented at the 1904 World’s Fair then Summerville must somehow be ‘the birthplace of sweet tea.’”

Since sweet tea got its start in Summerville, the town feels that it’d make more sense for them to hold the sweet tea record.

For this reason, Summerville will attempt to snag the title on National Iced Tea Day, and all are invited to partake in the excitement: “You’re invited to be a part of history. On Wednesday, June 10th, the town of Summerville will break a World Record by making from scratch a single 1400 gallon glass of sweet tea, brewed with local tea leaves from the Charleston Tea Plantation and Dixie Crystals– the sugar of the south and a lot of local support” (

Not only is the town asking for the support of the community, but unlike the Chik-Fil-A in Oklahoma, they are planning to distribute the immense amount of brewed tea afterwards, because, well, it just wouldn’t be right to throw away perfectly good southern sweet tea: “At 5 p.m., attendees can start sampling the tea, which will be sold in all-you-can-drink portions for $5” (Raskin).

So if you’re in the area, be sure to attend this event so you can enjoy bottomless sweet tea and witness Summerville make history.