Saturday, May 30, 2009

Virginia Sweet Tea with Mint

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It's time for tea, sweet tea that is!

easy sweet ice iced teaBoiling the sugar and water together will result in crystal clear tea - no sugar floating around in the glass either. Start by bringing 8 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar to a full boil.

Luzianne Iced TeaTurn off the heat and add 8 tea bags - I prefer Luzianne, but you can use your favorite brand.
(I tie the strings together so the tags don't float around in the tea - makes removal easy too)
Steep for 20-30 minutes.

remove bitterness from your teaRemove tea bags and gently squeeze to get all that yummy goodness out of them. Add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda - yes baking soda. It will eliminate any acidic bitterness and you'll never know it's in there. Add 8 large mint leaves (I like Spearmint); stir well. Pour over ice and serve - equal parts tea to ice.


Sweet Tea
Makes 1 gallon

8 cups water
1 cup sugar
8 tea bags
5-6 mint leaves
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
8 cups ice
Additional mint leaves for garnish

Bring water and sugar to a full boil. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Steep for 20-30 minutes. Add mint leaves and baking soda; stir well. Pour tea over ice and enjoy.


  1. Oh my gosh I've never seen baking soda in ice tea!! Thanks for that tip, I make decaf ice tea for the kids all the time!

  2. Ooh Patrincia, I have wanted to make Southern sweet tea, thanks! I am going to try it this week. I recently heard that we Northerners don't know the difference between sweet tea and iced tea! :)

  3. Believe it or not, some folks around here like their tea even sweeter than this recipe, but it seems to please just about everyone as is. The mint really adds a cool and refreshing quality. Of course you can omit the mint or adjust the sugar to suit your taste, but this recipe is a good place to start.

  4. Thanks for the great tip on the tea by using baking soda. I never heard of it, but certainly makes sense!

  5. Wow, that photo looks so refreshing! It would definitely be too sweet for me but it looks wonderful. I might have to try this.

  6. Hi Hilary... feel free to adjust the sweetness to your liking.

  7. Beautiful photos and tea ButterYum! I've never tried mint in my tea before. I can see where that would be very refreshing. I use the same amount of sugar in mine but only 1/8 tsp baking soda. I'll bump the baking soda up a notch the next time I make it. (I've heard that baking soda darkens the tea too) Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

  8. Hi Tammy - I like my tea a bit on the dark side anyway, so I'm not sure if the baking soda darkens it or not, but I know it tastes good :). Maybe I'll try just an 1/8 of a tsp and see if there's a discernible difference. Can't wait for your new blog to be up and running :).

  9. Oh my gosh! I've always wondered how you make it just right. We always made it when I was little, but it was always with crystally sugar on the bottom. (Only in Calif!)
    PERFECT! Thank you! And all the pictures in the posts above this one are OUTSTANDING!!! Loved the robins on Blue Monday.
    Have a great day! Karen

  10. Thank you so much Karen! We just love this tea... can't make enough of it... really!

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  12. I've been drinking Blk Earl Grey tea lately and sometimes green tea. For the past couple of days I have added fresh mint leaves, aw what a wonderful, wonderful taste. And I love the fact that the mint leaves are packing with so much nuritional value. I feel really mentally relaxed when sipping on tea. I am going to try try ur recipe. The baking soda is really a good tip!

  13. Looks very refreshing, but for me lemonade is the best one.


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