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


  • 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.