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Summer Sweet Tea

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.

an easy summer sweet tea recipe {and why you should always add a pinch of baking soda}

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?

an easy summer sweet tea recipe that's perfect for cooling down on these hot summer days!

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.

an easy summer sweet tea recipe that's perfect for cooling down on these hot summer days!

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

Summer Sweet Tea

  • 6 of your favorite tea bags
  • 16 cups water (divided)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • a pinch of baking soda
  1. Heat four cups water to boiling. Add tea bags, turn off heat and cover. Allow to steep for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags and stir in sugar until completely dissolved. Add a pinch of baking soda and stir.
  3. Add tea mixture to remaining 12 cups water, mixing thoroughly.
  4. Chill in refrigerator and serve as is or with lemon slices and fresh mint.


Kristy Bernardo
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Saturday 18th of April 2015

I used this recipie for a quick drink and OMG is it good. The whole family loved it. Thanks so much.

Kristy Bernardo

Wednesday 29th of April 2015

I'm so glad, Cheyenne! I'm so happy the weather is getting warmer again so I can enjoy it. I could make it during the colder months but it just tastes so much better when it's warm outside.

sweet tea sangria |

Friday 18th of July 2014

[…] especially in the summertime. I promised you I’d make a few more cocktails out of my summer sweet tea recipe (don’t forget the baking soda!) so I’ve been making quite a few batches over these past […]


Sunday 13th of July 2014

RT @ChrisCH2011: summer sweet tea | #recipe #summer via @thewickednoodle


Sunday 13th of July 2014

summer sweet tea | #recipe #summer via @thewickednoodle

sweet tea with vodka & fresh mint |#cocktail #recipe #foodporn #summer #drinks |

Thursday 10th of July 2014

[…] week I posted my recipe for sweet tea (or was it earlier this week? these summer days and weeks are melting into one another) and […]