Sweet Iced Tea is a refreshing beverage. My husband, Jeff, likes sweet tea. He likes his tea to be mildly sweet. This iced tea recipe is Jeff's recipe. It isn't sweet like some restaurant teas. If you like your tea sweeter, you can add more sugar. Some people add lemon to their ice tea. Jeff is not one of them.
Jeff's recipe starts by placing water and tea bags in a sauce pan over high heat. Then, once the water is boiling, remove the sauce pan from the heat then add baking soda. Baking soda removes bitterness from the tea giving it a more neutral flavor. The tea will bubble a bit after you add the baking soda, so make sure you use a saucepan that gives the tea some room to bubble up.
Let the tea steep for 15 or so minutes. Then, remove the tea bags from the sauce pan, squeezing them to remove any liquid then discard the tea bags. Next, place the sugar in a heatproof pitcher. Then, add the hot tea to the pitcher and stir to dissolve the sugar. Next, add cold water and stir to combine. Refrigerate the tea and serve after it is chilled. If you prefer, serve it immediately over ice cubes.
I use Luzianne tea bags when making iced tea. It is a smooth tea. Luzianne is a blend of orange pekoe black teas. Orange Pekoe is a grade name for teas. The grading system is a bit complicated, but, it is based on the appearance of the leaves and the taste. You can use your favorite brand of tea.
Jeff's Sweet Iced Tea goes well with most meals. It is a complimentary beverage to serve with a sweet dessert, such as Coconut Carrot Cake. The mild sweetness of the tea balances the sweetness of the cake.
I hope you enjoy Jeff's Sweet Iced Tea!
Jeff's Iced Tea
- 2 cups water
- 6 tea bags
- 1 pinch baking soda
- 6 cups cold water
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- Place six tea bags in 2 cups of water in a sauce pan over high heat and bring to a boil.
- After the water comes to a boil, remove the sauce pan from the heat.
- Add a pinch of baking soda. Let rest for at least 15 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags from the saucepan and discard.
- Place the sugar in a heat-proof pitcher.
- Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Add six cups of cold water into a large pitcher and stir to combine.
- Refrigerate until cold, or serve over ice cubes.
Last updated on August 15th, 2019