Perfectly Southern Iced Tea

It doesn’t seem like it would be that hard. But I’ve had A LOT of bad iced tea in my lifetime. I’m going to share a tip with you that my sweet mother taught me. And she’s about as southern as they come. We usually offer both sweet and unsweet. My preference is unsweet, but my hubby and kids both prefer sweet when they want tea. I’m going to share with you my solution for this dilemma. We use decaffeinated, because sleep. I like my family to sleep, too.

Perfectly Southern Iced Tea

3 c. water
2 family sized tea bags
1/2 t. baking soda
6 c. cold water

In a medium sized pot, add 3 c. water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn off the burner and add the tea bags (without the paper and string). Let steep for about 15-20 minutes.

In a large pitcher, add 3 c. ice and sprinkle the 1/2 t. baking soda on top.


Once the tea has steeped, remove the tea bags. I put a fine-mesh strainer on top of my pitcher to catch any tea bits that busted out of their bag. Pour tea into pitcher. Pour the rest of the water over the top.


I know at this point, it still looks pretty stout. That’s exactly the way I want it. Once you add ice to your glass and fill with tea, it will be perfect for serving. Trust please.


The baking soda takes that little bitterness out of the tea, and makes the tea crystal clear and smooth on the tongue. You’re welcome. 🙂

Now, to make it sweet we make a Simple Syrup. Add as much simple syrup to your individual glass as you’d like.

The boys have a great time adding their simple syrup! Even more fun, add it to a squirt bottle and let them squirt on top. I love that they feel totally naughty getting to do it themselves!

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