Homemade Southern Sweet Tea is the house wine of the south. This recipe comes out perfect every single time thanks to a simple tip.
HOMEMADE SOUTHERN SWEET TEA
Every gal in the south has her own way of making sweet tea. We're pretty proud about it too actually. Around my house we like our tea strong and sweet. So if you ever have trouble getting your tea just right each and every time, give this a try.
WHY ADD THE BAKING SODA?
- Have you ever made tea and then the next day it tastes a bit tart or not as fresh? Or maybe you made tea and let the tea bags soak a little too long? Baking soda helps that tea taste better longer by taking out the bitterness. It's a trick that your Grandma probably used and you never even knew it. It's been a secret for generations!
- Baking soda is great for other uses as well. If you are soaking beans overnight and are putting them in a pot to make the next day, add a small dash of baking soda to your pot before cooking. It keeps beans tasting their best.
- You can substitute Splenda for the sugar, if you prefer. Also, we like our tea pretty sweet so you can certainly cut down on the sugar if you find it too sweet.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST HOMEMADE SOUTHERN SWEET TEA:
Boil only ½ gallon of the water on stove.
Once water comes to a roiling boil, pour into one gallon pitcher. Add 3 tea bags and ¼ teaspoon of baking soda (you don’t need to stir.) Set your kitchen timer (I use my microwave) for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, take out tea bags. Do not squish tea bags before taking them out, just let them drip for a minute. If you squeeze, you’re likely to get some tea leaves in your drink. Add sugar and stir. Add the other ½ gallon of cold water to the pitcher and stir again.Cool in fridge for several hours before serving.
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HOMEMADE SOUTHERN SWEET TEA
- 3 family size tea bags
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 gallon water
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- Boil only ½ gallon of the water on stove.
- Once water comes to a roiling boil, pour into one gallon pitcher.
- Add 3 tea bags and ¼ teaspoon of baking soda (you don’t need to stir).
- Set your kitchen timer (I use my microwave) for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, take out tea bags.
- Do not squish tea bags before taking them out, just let them drip for a minute.
- If you do that, you’re likely to get some tea leaves in your drink.
- Add sugar and stir.
- Add the other ½ gallon of cold water to the pitcher and stir again.
- Cool in fridge for several hours.
Originally published: January 2011
Updated & republished: April 2020