Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is how my Granny made sweet tea and it is some kind of sweet. Know that and beware. Pa-Paw used to down 2-3 glasses after working in the garden all day. Back off the sugar if you can't handle it. This one is for true southerners only ;)


  1. In a large glass measuring cup, place the tea bags and add the baking soda.
  2. Pour the boiling water over the tea bags.
  3. Cover and steep for 15 minutes.
  4. Take out the tea bags and do not squeeze them.
  5. Pour the tea mixture into a 2-quart pitcher; add the sugar.
  6. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  7. Add in the cold water.
  8. Let cool; chill in the refrigerator and serve over ice.


Most Helpful

Do not add 2 cups of sugar to the tea..wayyyy to sweet! Made my stomach hurt:(...i'll try 1 cup next time

stacey369 May 19, 2011

Very smooth iced tea! Being from Texas I have drank a lot of iced tea in my life, seeing as we have it with every meal, and this was some of the best. This is exactly how my mom taught me to make tea with the exception of the baking soda. The soda is the key and I will never make tea without it again! Thanks!

Lacy S. April 05, 2010

My husband is from Georgia and everytime we go visit we drink all the sweet tea we can because you cant find it here so I looked high and low for a good recipie and I definetly found a good one with this one!

Britt3323 April 11, 2011

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