Classic Sweet Tea
There are a few trademark things people think of when they think of the South, like the friendly people with their Southern hospitality, the sunny weather and lovely sweet iced tea….very sweet. This classic Southern sweet tea recipe is very simple - just tea, sugar, water and lemon. There is simply not a more iconic Southern drink.
12 regular-size tea bags
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 distilled or bottled water
1/4 ice cubes
11/4 cups simple syrup (found on our lemonade recipe)
Place tea bags and baking soda in a large heatproof glass pitcher.
Bring water just to a boil in a saucepan or kettle and immediately pour over tea bags. Keep them submerged, cover and mash for 7 minutes. Remove tea bags without squeezing and discard them.
Add the ice and stir until it’s all melted. Stir in the simple syrup and serve over ice. Delicious!