Smooth Sweet Tea


This sweet tea is a classic Southern drink perfect for hot summer days!

Prep Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 20 mins
8 cups


  • 1 pinch baking soda

  • 2 cups boiling water

  • 6 tea bags

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 6 cups cool water


  1. Gather ingredients.

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  2. 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.

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  3. Remove tea bags and discard; stir in sugar until dissolved. Pour in cool water; refrigerate until cold, about 3 hours.

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  4. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

73 Calories
19g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 7
Calories 73
% Daily Value *
Sodium 41mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 19g
Calcium 7mg 1%
Potassium 22mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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