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Southern Sweet Iced Tea


  • 6regular tea bags
  • 1⁄8teaspoon baking soda
  • 2cups boiling water
  • 1 1⁄2-2cups sugar
  • 6cups cold water


  • In a large glass measuring cup, place the tea bags and add the baking soda.
  • Pour the boiling water over the tea bags.
  • Cover and steep for 15 minutes.
  • Take out the tea bags and do not squeeze them.
  • Pour the tea mixture into a 2-quart pitcher; add the sugar.
  • Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add in the cold water.
  • Let cool; chill in the refrigerator and serve over ice.


  • stacey369

    Do not add 2 cups of sugar to the tea..wayyyy to sweet! Made my stomach hurt:(…i’ll try 1 cup next time

  • Lacy S.

    Very smooth iced tea! Being from Texas I have drank a lot of iced tea in my life, seeing as we have it with every meal, and this was some of the best. This is exactly how my mom taught me to make tea with the exception of the baking soda. The soda is the key and I will never make tea without it again! Thanks!

  • Connie Lea

    Very good. Like several other people, I only used 1/3 cup sugar and it was plenty sweet. Thanks for sharing.

  • Amy BC

    Made as recipe states and it was too weak and wayyyy too sweet. Next time I will let it steep longer to make it strong and halve the sugar.

  • Mollie C.

    Absolutely amazing, best ice tea I've ever had!!! I added a few slices of lemon to each jug, I really like it, gives it a freshness 🙂 This really is a summer must

  • Althea A.

    Thank You for sharing your recipe! Best tea ever!

  • Laylagirl

    My husband and I were raised on sweet tea. But for health reasons, we have gotten used to sweetening our tea with Equal. I made this as a surprise for him for his birthday dinner. He loved it and so did I. It is very sweet but we both think that is how tea ought to be. Thanks for a guilty pleasure that will be saved for special occasions.

  • fanny maimon

    I make my sweet tea the same way, with the same ingredients and it doesn't get any better than that. It's a staple in any southern household!

  • Britt3323

    My husband is from Georgia and everytime we go visit we drink all the sweet tea we can because you cant find it here so I looked high and low for a good recipie and I definetly found a good one with this one!

  • Fanaledrinks

    Thanks for this great recipe. Nothing like a cold iced tea. 🙂