Southern Sweet Tea

Southern Sweet Tea

35 reviews, 4.6 star(s). 71% would make again

Ready in 20 minutes; part of Cool Beverages collection

This is the best southern sweet tea I have even had. BE WARNED: It is very sweet, cut back on the sugar if you need to. The baking soda takes the bitterness away from the tea.


6 tea bags; regular
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/8 tsp baking soda
6 cup cold water
2 cup boiling water

Original recipe makes 6 Servings



1. In a large glass measuring cup, place the tea bags and add the baking soda.

2. Pour the boiling water over the tea bags.

3. Cover and steep for 15 minutes.

4. Take out the tea bags and do not squeeze them.

5. Pour the tea mixture into a 2-quart pitcher; add the sugar.

6. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.

7. Add in the cold water.

8. Let cool; chill in the refrigerator and serve over ice.

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Just like I'm used to from my time in Savannah. My go to recipe.
lost12many 2m ago

Best sweet tea we ever had??. Followed your instructions as written. No need to change anything. Amazing! By the way, were southerners too.
minnie091961 1y ago

Yum, yum!
hayleymoomaw 1y ago

marcewgrzyb 1y ago

I'm from Texas and I don't remember a time in my life without sweet tea! The baking soda is pure genius! No slightly bitter taste at all! I put 2 cups of sugar in it cuz I knew my boys would say it wasn't sweet enough! Yes, we Southerners like our sweet tea SWEET!! Great tea though, I drank 2 glasses right away!
tamye_pressler_mcspadden 1y ago

Why baking soda?
Zonya 1y ago

That craps sucks
zeeneatha 2y ago

The baking soda is an awesome idea.
bravo9520 2y ago

Works great! I just use a little less sugar.
LavenderWand 2y ago

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