Classic Southern Sweet Tea

Recipe: Sweet Tea

Sweet tea is synonymous with Southern culture. When we order tea at a restaurant, we assume that the waiter will bring an ice-cold glass of sweet tea (maybe with lemon) that perfectly complements our meal. We serve tea at every Southern gathering, from funerals to baby showers to church potlucks. A pitcher of Southern sweet tea doesn't last long in the fridge – but with this recipe, you'll be able to replenish the supply in no time. Making sweet tea isn't difficult at all, but many Southerners argue about how much sugar you should include. When it comes to this Southern staple, we say the sweeter the better! This recipe from our Test Kitchen is one of our highest-rated recipes for good reason. Made with plenty of tea bags (we tested with Luzianne) for a strong, steeped flavor, a simple syrup brings sweetness to this recipe without having to worry about loose sugar granules. One trick that our Test Kitchen Pro, Ivy, calls out in this recipe – adding a little baking soda to the tea removes any cloudiness and will give you a crystal-clear pitcher.

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