Perfect Southern Sweet Tea

Jody Wood


Love sweet Tea! so cool and refreshing on a hot summer's day. Add some Lemon and berries for extra color or and berries and mint to ice cubes for a decorative look. Serve in your favorite Mason Jars.

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Makes 1 gallon
15 Min
No-Cook or Other


family size tea bags or 12 small
4 c
boiling water (or 1qt)
12 c
cool water (or 3 qts )
1 1/2 to 2 c
1/4 tsp
baking soda (this is the secret ingredient)


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1Sprinkle baking soda into a pitcher (I use a gallon-size Mason Jar but many people have voiced concerns about pouring boiling water into a glass container, so use whatever container you'd like)
Add Tea bags to the pitcher/baking soda.

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2Pour Boiling water over tea bags,
Cover and allow to steep for 15 minutes.
Remove and toss out Tea Bags.

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3Add Sugar and Stir until completely dissolved.
Add Cool Water.
Refrigerate until cold and ready to drink.
Serve over ice.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Drinks
Main Ingredient: Coffee/Tea/Beverage
Regional Style: English
Hashtag: #Southern