Classic Sweet Tea Recipe


We love this recipe because it's got strong tea flavor without being bitter, and it's sweet but not cloying.

Hands On Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
2 qt.
Classic Sweet Tea

Alison Miksch; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham


  • 12 regular-size tea bags

  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 qt. distilled or bottled water

  • 1 qt. ice cubes

  • 1 1/4 cups Simple Syrup


  1. Place tea bags and baking soda in a large heatproof glass pitcher.

  2. Bring water just to a rolling boil in a saucepan or kettle, and immediately pour over tea bags, making sure bags are submerged. Cover and steep 7 minutes. Remove tea bags without squeezing; discard tea bags.

  3. Add ice, and stir until ice melts. Stir in Simple Syrup, and serve over ice.

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