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Southern Sweet Tea

Smooth, sweet and never bitter, the perfect glass of sweet tea.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: iced tea, southern tea, sweet tea
Servings: 2 quarts
Calories: 48kcal


  • 6 black tea bags
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ - 1½ cups sugar
  • water
  • ice


  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
  • Remove from heat, add baking soda and tea bags, and cover. Let the tea steep for 5-15 minutes. The longer you let it steep the stronger it will be.
  • Remove tea bags. Don't squeeze them, squeezing them will make your tea bitter.
  • Stir sugar into the hot tea, stir until dissolved. Let it cool for 5-10 minutes.
  • Fill a 2-quart pitcher with ice, then pour the warm tea over the ice. Top off with cold water and stir.