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How To Make Sweet Tea

This thirst-quenching Southern treat will please people both north and south of the Mason-Dixon Line.


  • Step 1: Bring four cups of water to a boil in a large pot.
  • Step 2: Add the sugar to the boiled water and stir until it dissolves. Turn off the heat.
  • TIP: If you're watching your weight, use a sugar substitute.
  • Step 3: Add a pinch of baking soda to the solution to eliminate bitterness.
  • Step 4: Add the tea bags and stir again. Wait 20 minutes and remove the bags without squeezing them.
  • TIP: A family-sized tea bag is equal to four individual-sized tea bags.
  • Step 5: Pour the tea into the pitcher. Top it off with cold water and stir.
  • Step 6: Pour your sweet tea into a tall glass. Serve over ice with a slice of lemon or chill it overnight.
  • FACT: In 1795, Andre Michaux imported the first tea plant to the United States and planted it near Charleston, South Carolina.

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