Summer Sweet Tea is a wonderful, refreshing summer drink that takes no time at all to make! Serve as-is, mix with vodka or even white wine for a delicious sweet tea sangria.
Summer sweet tea…it's my downfall each and every summer. I just can't get enough and I find myself making batch after batch (why does it always disappear so quickly)?
Everyone and their mother has a recipe for sweet tea, it seems. I can't claim that mine is extra-special or especially different from the masses, but I can promise that it has just the right amount of sweetness and that it will make you happy on these very hot days. My recipe also includes a pinch of baking soda (so do many others, but not all) and it's rumored that this tiny addition helps removes the tannins from the tea and, therefore, the bitterness. Which results in a smoother, sweeter tea – and who doesn't want that?
Sun tea is my choice method of “brewing” but I don't always have the patience to wait an entire afternoon for the final product. Planning ahead – even for something as simple as keeping a jug of sweet tea replenished in our refrigerator – doesn't always happen around here. Especially in the summertime when the task of planning mercifully falls down the to-do list. And so I have used this method more times than not. And I'm not complaining one bit – I love having a quick and dirty sweet tea recipe on hand so that I can enjoy it anytime I want.
I've even been tinkering with some sweet tea cocktails this summer and I have a few up my sleeve that I'll be bringing your way over the next few weeks. Is it just me or are last-minute cocktails an even a better idea? :)
Summer Sweet Tea
- 6 of your favorite tea bags
- 16 cups water (divided)
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- a pinch of baking soda
- Heat four cups water to boiling. Add tea bags, turn off heat and cover. Allow to steep for 15 minutes.
- Remove tea bags and stir in sugar until completely dissolved. Add a pinch of baking soda and stir.
- Add tea mixture to remaining 12 cups water, mixing thoroughly.
- Chill in refrigerator and serve as is or with lemon slices and fresh mint.