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Classic Sweet Tea

Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Hands-on time 5 mins
Total time 50 mins

Makes 2 qt.

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


  • 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

How to Make It

  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.

Cook's Notes

We tested with Luzianne Tea.