THE Best Sweetened Iced Tea
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Smooth with absolutely no bitterness or cloudiness. THE best sweetened tea you'll ever taste.
Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16 servings
  • Tea bags to make one gallon of tea
  • (16 one cup bags, OR 4 1 quart size bags, OR 1 one gallon size bag)
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 cups of water, heated to boiling
  • Additional water and ice to make one gallon
  1. Heat 4 cups of water to boiling on stovetop OR 90 seconds in microwave
  2. Add tea bags and let steep according to package directions, stirring or dunking occasionally. Remove and dispose of them.
  3. Add sugar and baking soda, stir to dissolve. Sugar should dissolve easily, if not, apply additional heat.
  4. Pour into one gallon pitcher. Add more cold water to fill pitcher ½ to ⅔ full, then add ice to finish filling.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 oz Calories: 30 Carbohydrates: 8 g Protein: 0
Recipe by A Pinch of Joy at