The Secret Recipe for the Best Sweet Tea Ever!

Best Sweet Tea Ever Secret

I may not be from the south, but I LOVE sweet tea. (who doesn’t) When I saw a recipe on Pinterest for the “Best Sweet Tea EVER” I wanted to try it. Here goes…


  • 12 Regular Tea Bags
  • 4 Cups of BOILING water
  • 12 Cups of cool water (tap water)
  • 1 and 1/2 to 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Baking soda (the secret ingredient)

(Yields one Gallon of Tea)

Best Sweet Tea Directions:

  1. Sprinkle baking soda into your 1 gallon sized pitcher and add your teabags to the bottom also. (make sure if you use tea bags with the little papers on them that you remove them…don’t ask 🙂 )
  2. Pour your 4 cups of BOILING water in your pitcher (on top of the tea bags and baking soda) and Let steep for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove and toss used tea bags then add your sugar, stirring until it is dissolved completely.
  4. Add your 12 cups cool water, and refrigerate until cold.
  5. Serve and Enjoy

What we did:

This is not the typical way I make tea, so I wanted to make sure this was an accurate test to see if tea was truly better with the “secret ingredient”. I made one batch of tea with and one without baking soda. To make sure I got true results I decided to use my darling Husband as a guinea pig. (He was overwhelmed with joy…not!) We did a “blind” taste test (ha ha I made him do it 3 times…I wanted to make sure!) Low and behold he chose the “Secret Ingredient” tea every time.


Final thoughts:

I can’t really explain why the tea tasted better, it just did. It had more of a “Tea” flavor without the bitter after-taste. The reason it tastes better is because the baking soda takes some of the acidity out

of the tea. (It neutralizes the tannins removing any bitterness) All I know is that I will not go back to fixing tea the way I used to!


Thanks for the recipe Craving Comfort!



  1. says

    I haven’t had a chance to tell you yet, but this website was such a super smart move! I always find things on Pinterest that I want to try, but don’t want to risk wasting $ on the necessary supplies/ingredients without knowing that they’ll work!

    Now, on to the whole sweet tea thing…my mother used to make the best tea, like ever. Since growing up and moving out on my own, I’ve tried time and again to duplicate her recipe (which isn’t difficult) but I can’t ever seem to get it right.

    I know she never used baking soda, but I’m definitely going it try it next time I make it. I’ll let you know what my guys think after I do. Thanks so much for sharing!

      • says

        You can use a programmable coeffe maker to make tea. Instead of putting a filter and your coeffe grounds in, you put 4 tea bags in the filter holder, fill the machine with cold water, set the time you want it to brew and presto, you have a nice pot of tea ready when you wake upReferences :

        • Cassie says

          I make tea with my coffee maker all of the time! I just add a few teabags in place of the filter and brew like I would a pot of coffee.

    • Ashley says

      Have you tried the baking soda for your unsweetened tea yet? My dad was completely AMAZED when I showed him this trick (a dash is plenty enough to get the job done)…he said it tasted cleaner…being from the south we love our sweet tea, but with us, friends would make pit stops at our house for a cup…we had to start keeping red solo cups for “visitors” lol

      • Cassie says

        I personally have not tried this with unsweetened tea. I do have a friend that has and she said that it was just as good in the non sweetened tea. 🙂

  2. Judy says

    Many yrs ago I had a friend that made the best unsweet tea. It was so smooooth tasting. I have never had any like it since then. But it was the best tea that I have ever drank in my life. Ain’t tasted anything as great as it since. That is why I was wondering how well this works on unsweet tea. Would love to know what her secret was. If I could make the tea she made back then I would drink soooo much more tea. It was yummy! 🙂

    • Miranda says

      It would absolutely be worth trying out. Considering it would probably do the same thing, neutralize the tannins (bitter) I would believe it would absolutely work.

  3. Judi Concanon says

    I am going to try this because I love iced tea, but the tanins set off my acid reflux. Hope this does the trick so I can enjoy it more often again.

    • Cassie says

      I would add the baking soda when you add your sugar, I am sure that it would work just as great with sun tea as with regular tea.

  4. Ashley says

    I use baking soda EVERY time I make tea (which will be two gallons if we have company)…

    You can do the usual boil the water and let tea bags (i use 4 family size and 1 flavored, usually lipton brand berry mix, which is a HUGE hit) steep for 10 minutes…drain, do NOT squeeze, it WILL become bitter!! I’ve found out that all the baking soda you need is a dash…I used to use 2 cups of sugar but only use 1 and 3/4 cups…the colder the tea gets the sweeter it will taste due to the baking soda….after melting my sugar I add the baking soda, then add 2 trays worth of ice (instant iced tea!) Do NOT put warm tea in a fridge, it can sour!!

    Friends come over and ALWAYS hit up my tea…even without the flavored tea bag added….I’ve just come to prefer having the hint of it…more than one bag is overpowering…

    The baking soda also works for unsweetened tea! I had my dad try it and he also has been adding it ever since…he says it gives it a cleaner taste!!

  5. Ashley says

    You only need to use a dash of baking soda, and you can cut down on the sugar by a quarter cup…do not squeeze your tea bags (makes the tea bitter), or put warm tea in the fridge (will sour)…instead, add ice to the gallon so you can enjoy it right away (also what I do with kool-aid for the kids)


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