Recipe: Sweet Tea


I am not originally from the South-I am from Long Island (think what you will haha).  I loved iced tea.  I would make pitchers of it in the summer.  These pitchers were made with tubs of powdered mix like 4c or Lipton.  I had no idea the wonders of sweet tea that awaited me when I moved to Florida.  There I experienced my first McDonald’s sweet tea and boy oh boy an addict was born!  I use to get these almost any chance I got.  In fact, when I was in the hospital after my daughter was born, I specifically requested McDonald’s sweet tea since I gave up all caffeine while pregnant.  It’s been maybe close to 10 years now that I’ve been drinking sweet tea.  I have since given up (almost) all fast food and alas I haven’t had a McDonald’s sweet tea in probably 4 years.  I have really tried to become healthier since my daughter was born and I’ve done an ok job at doing so.  But, I do still order sweet tea when we go out to eat-which we do at least one time every weekend and I also make it at home.  Now that I’m “healthier” I order “half sweet/half unsweet” sweet tea and make it at home with much less sugar.  I know it’s fall and everyone is gearing up for hot drinks but I have sweet tea all year long.


I always use Luzianne brand tea, I think it tastes best but of course you can use whatever you have on hand as long as it says you can use it for iced tea.

Boil 2 cups of water.



I saw on Pinterest that the secret ingredient to great sweet tea was a little baking soda in the pitcher.  I’ve been doing this and I think it does help to make it taste better.  I put about 1/8th teaspoon.



I sprinkle the baking soda in the bottom of the pitcher and usually put 3-4 family sized tea bags and pour the boiling water over them, cover it and let it sit for 10-20 mins depending on how strong you want it.



You can add as much sugar as you’d like depending on taste-I usually put up to 2/3 a cup of sugar.



Stir the sugar to dissolve and then add 6 cups of cold water and throw it in the fridge until fully chilled.



Fill up a tall glass with ice and enjoy!  Mason jars makes it taste better =)



For my 2 quart pitcher:

3-4 Family size tea bags

2 cups boiling water

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

2/3 cup sugar

6 cups cold water


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