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Jun 152015

So who here likes McDonald’s Sweet Tea?! I sure love it!

I am a huge fan of the sweet tea. It’s not just that it’s super sweet, but it’s also super smooth! It’s perfectly clear and not at all bitter! It truly is iced tea perfection! However, if you want to enjoy a homemade version of sweet tea, you don’t have to settle for a ho-hum iced tea that’s bitter and uninspired. I have the SECRET INGREDIENT that will take your iced tea adventures to the next level!

You see, there is one magic ingredient that truly transforms iced tea into a smooth and clear beverage! This is a short and easy recipe. Check out how easily and how quickly you can be enjoying your own divine iced tea.

The BEST Smooth Sweet Tea

The BEST Smooth Sweet Tea

The BEST Smooth Sweet Tea




  •  1 pinch baking soda (secret ingredient!)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 tea bags
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 cups cold water


  1. Start by sprinkling a pinch of baking soda into your pitcher.
  2. Add the tea bags and pour in the boiling water.
  3. Steep for 20 minutes.
  4. Discard the tea bags.
  5. Stir the sugar until it’s dissolved. Add the cold water.
  6. Refrigerate the beverage until chilled.

This recipe is a definite keeper at our house. It’s an easy way to enjoy some nice, ice-cold tea during the hot Summer months! I usually have a pitcher of it in the fridge at all times. I also LOVE that it can easily be customized to your tastes. Like it sweeter? Add more sugar (or honey)! Like it stronger? Add more tea bags or steep it longer! Easy peasy!


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 June 15, 2015  Posted by

6 Responses to “The BEST Smooth Sweet Tea”

  1. Sweet tea is the best and I have never heard of adding baking soda – a truly secret ingredient! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I’ve never heard of baking soda, but I love tea, so I’ll have to try this. 🙂

  3. Hi Jenn

    Thanks so much for your comment on my photo holders – made my day!

    What is sweet tea? I am in Australia and sweet tea unaware. Is it like iced tea? I do love nestea iced tea – but am not a huge fan of ‘real tea’. My nana thinks this is shameful!

    I must find out about this sweet tea business.

    x Kim

    • EngineerMommy

      Yes, sweet tea is simply iced tea that has been sweetened! 🙂 It is very popular in the South!
      Adding the baking soda was a little trick I found that really helped to make the drink smoother and less bitter!
      Thanks for stopping by, Kim!

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