Is there anything more refreshing than a frosty glass of sweet tea while resting on the porch swing? This iconic Southern treat is easy to make with black tea and a simple homemade syrup you make on the stove. The secret to the smooth taste is a pinch of baking soda! Smart Recipes, American Recipes, Other Recipes, Recipes Other American Classic Southern Sweet Iced Tea Classic Southern Sweet Iced Tea Recipe | PT10M Serves 8 Ingredients: 12 Tea Bags 1 Small Bunch Fresh Mint Leaves 0.125 Teaspoon Baking Soda 9 Cups Water 4 Cups Ice Cubes 1 Cup Sugar 1 Large Lemon In a 1-gallon heatproof glass pitcher, add tea bags and baking soda. Pour 4 cups of boiling water over the tea bags. Stir and all tea to steep for 10 minutes, then discard the tea bags. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add sugar and 1 cup water and stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil while continually stirring. Remove the saucepan from the heat and set aside to cool. In the tea pitcher, add ice, 4 cups cold water and syrup and stir well. To serve, fill mason jars with ice and pour sweet tea over it. Garnish with lemon wedges & mint leaves.

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