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


  • 5-8
    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)

How to Make Perfect Southern Sweet Tea


  1. Sprinkle 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.
  2. Pour Boiling water over tea bags,
    Cover and allow to steep for 15 minutes.
    Remove and toss out Tea Bags.
  3. Add Sugar and Stir until completely dissolved.
    Add Cool Water.
    Refrigerate until cold and ready to drink.
    Serve over ice.

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About Perfect Southern Sweet Tea

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

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