Smooth Sweet Tea Recipe

Let's talk tea!  I am sharing my absolute favorite sweet tea recipe with you today.  If you like McDonald's Sweet Tea, you will love this recipe!  The secret ingredient is a pinch of baking soda, yes baking soda! 


  • 1 pinch baking soda
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 6 tea bags
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 6 cups cool water



  1. Sprinkle a pinch of baking soda into a 64-ounce, heat-proof, glass pitcher. Pour in boiling water, and add tea bags. Cover, and allow to steep for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags, and discard; stir in sugar until dissolved. Pour in ice and cool water, then refrigerate until cold.
Sometimes I add a few slices of fresh ginger to my batch of sweet tea.  I have also substituted two of the tea bags for flavored tea bags, such as peach to make a delicious batch of flavored sweet tea!  I always double this recipe, because it goes so fast in my house.  Click here to view this recipes and others on

My husband always wants to know how much sugar is in this tea.  So, I broke it down and figured out how much sugar is in each cup (measuring cup).  If you're curious, there is 1 1/2 Tablespoons of sugar per cup.  This recipe is not dentist approved! :-)
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