Sweet Tea fans, here is a great recipe that is sure to hit the spot on a hot summer day. According to my girls and their friends, it tastes just like McDonald’s Sweet Tea! Sweet, smooth and refreshing. To me, it tastes like summer in a glass. Hands down, this is the BEST sweet tea recipe!
3 Family Size Lipton iced tea bags
pinch of baking soda (optional)
4 cups boiling water
12 cups cold water
*1 1/2 cups sugar (you can use less)
Drop a pinch of baking soda in the bottom of a heat-proof, one gallon pitcher (plastic pitchers are best when working with boiling water).
In a small sauce pan, bring 4 cups of water to boil.
Remove from heat, add tea bags and allow to brew for 15 minutes, dunking tea bags up and down a few times while brewing.
Remove tea bags, pressing out excess tea with a spoon.
Transfer hot tea to pitcher, add sugar, stir and allow to dissolve completely.
Add 12 cups cold water and stir.
Store in fridge until chilled. S
erve over ice. Enjoy!
Plastic pitchers work best – NEVER pour boiling water in glass pitcher that is not heat-proof, it may shatter.
If you have an older plastic pitcher and/or are concerned about chemicals with hot liquids – use a larger sauce pan and add your sugar in the pan, when the sugar is dissolved, add it to the pitcher with the 12 cups of water already added.
*Adjust sugar amount to desired taste. My girls like a little more sugar, but I always use less.
Try different flavored tea bags, like peach. YUM!
If you like stronger tea, add an additional tea bag(s).