Perfect Sweet Tea (Secret of the South)

Total Time
Prep 2 mins
Cook 15 mins

It is said the "secret" ingredient removes any bitterness and creates a smooth, clear tea. I have seen this twice in the last month. One from the deep south and the other from the (now closed) Lone Star Steakhouse in Houston, TX.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sprinkle baking soda into a 1 gallon pitcher.
  2. Add tea bags.
  3. Pour boiling water over tea bags.
  4. Cover and steep 15 minutes.
  5. Remove tea bags (I hope you compost them).
  6. Add cool water.
  7. Refrigerate until cold and you are ready to drink it.
  8. Serve over ice.


Most Helpful

Since I was born and raised in Michigan, I was an adult before I tasted Sweet Tea. I love unsweetened iced tea and consider sweet iced tea a totally different drink. This was pretty good but a bit too sweet for me. Could be improved by a slice of fresh lemon. Made for My 3 Chefs Fall 2013.

CarrolJ October 26, 2013

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