Southern sweet tea is truly a beverage in a class of its own, with a few secrets to making it just right. Why baking soda, you ask? Well to neutralize the tannins in the tea, my dear, and make it that much easier to sweeten. If you are sensitive to sweetness you can stop at this step and leave out the sugar and honey, but we’re ones to go all out and maybe even add a little nip of something from the liquor cabinet to it before heading out onto the porch to watch the sunset.
Even when it’s still cold out many southern folks keep a pitcher of sweet tea in their fridge and they’ll be quick to offer it to you should you come visit.
Sweet Iced Tea
- 12 black tea bags
- 8 chamomile tea bags
- ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 quarts water
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup honey
- 1 quart ice
- Place the tea bags in a large pitcher. Set aside.
- Boil the water. Remove from the heat for a few seconds before pouring water into the pitcher. Add the baking soda and steep for 15 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags. Add the sugar and honey and stir until it is completely dissovled. Add the ice and refridgerate.
What’s your favorite nip to add to your sweet tea? If you need to take your time and taste a few, it’s okay, we’ll wait until you’re sure you’ve found the right one.