Smooth Sweet Tea

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling


7 servings

Updated: Jul. 17, 2023
A pinch of baking soda eliminates bitterness in this smooth and easy-to-sip tea and it has just the right amount of sugar so it's not overly sweet. —kelseylouise, Taste of Home Community Member
Smooth Sweet Tea Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups water
  • 6 black tea bags
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 6 cups cold water


  1. In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil. Remove from the heat; add tea bags. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Discard tea bags.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda into a 2-qt. pitcher. Transfer tea to pitcher; stir in sugar. Add cold water. Refrigerate until chilled.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 76 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 29mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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