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Smooth Sweet Tea

A pinch of baking soda eliminates bitterness in this smooth and easy-to-sip tea and it has just the right amount of sugar so it's not overly sweet. —kelseylouise, Taste of Home Community Member
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    7 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 6 black tea bags
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 6 cups cold water


  • In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Remove from the heat; add tea bags. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Discard tea bags.
  • Sprinkle baking soda into a 2-qt. pitcher. Transfer tea to pitcher; stir in sugar. Add cold water. Refrigerate until chilled.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 76 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 29mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • M.
    Sep 17, 2020

    This is really great sweet tea, the ratio of sugar to tea is perfect. I made it exactly as written, but I would like to know why the baking soda?

  • Hannah
    Jul 14, 2019

    This is by far the best tea I’ve ever made!!!!! I usually make tea almost every day and now I’m making it with this recipe. I was a little skeptical using the baking soda but I did it anyways and it cuts the bitterness I never knew was there! Thanks for the recipe!!!

  • greatwithoutgluten
    Apr 30, 2014

    This is very similar to how I make my sweet tea. The recipe is simple and tasty. I substitute the baking soda with fresh lemon juice to cut the bitterness. I also like my tea a little sweeter so I ended up using more sugar. Overall good recipe that is easy to do different variations on!