If you’ve followed The Evolution of Mom’s Instagram, you know all about my love of tea. I don’t hide it…ever. I always start my day with some kind of tea and a big glass of water. It gives me a bit of energy and honestly, brightens up my day. I swear by it!
Right now, we’re gearing up for our Summer Must Haves for Mom Giveaway here at The Evolution of Mom. When we asked our readers what their one summer must-have was, several of them said sweet tea! Ask and you shall receive! We’ve got a great old-fashioned sweet tea recipe for you that’s a must-have at our house in the summer! I love sweet tea! I love it on the patio! I love it in the garden! I love it in the car! Rarely will you see me in the summer without some sort of tea. My favorite thing about tea is that it comes a plethora of flavors so you can mix it up or you can have straight-up black leaf tea. So here’s to summer and lots of afternoons on the patio with a tall glass of sweet tea! I hope you’ll enjoy this at your home as much as we do at ours.
You’ll notice the recipe has baking soda in it. Baking soda keeps the sweet tea clear and non-bitter. It’s the key to the recipe, especially for black leaf tea.
- 8 cups of water, divided
- 10 tea bags (standard sized black tea bags)
- ¾ to 1 cup white granulated sugar (depending on your sweetness preference)
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
- Add tea bags.
- Turn off heat and cover.
- Steep for 15 minutes.
- Remove tea bags.
- Add sugar and baking soda.
- Mix well until sugar is dissolved.
- Pour into a pitcher.
- Add 6 cups cool water.
- Cover pitcher.
- Enjoy over ice.
If you’re around the neighborhood, stop by and have a glass with me. It’s always in the fridge! Enjoy!