A Tall Glass of Tea

Posted on: May 15th, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

Smooth Sweet Tea

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough.”

C.S. Lewis

And, on a hot summer day, you can’t find anything as refreshing as a tall glass of iced tea!

This basic recipe is a favorite of our grand daughter, Nicole!  Even on winter holidays she asks if we can have some “smooth sweet tea.”  It is truly smooth.  The pinch of baking soda does the trick.

Another recipe from www.allrecipes.com, it is very much in the tradition of southern sweet tea.  I am experimenting with a non-sugar, but all natural sweetener called Stevia.  As of yet, I haven’t figured out the exact amount of Stevia as opposed to sugar.  If you do, I’d love to know!


  • 1 pinch baking soda
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 6 high quality tea bags (be sure to use a recently opened box of tea- tea goes stale quickly)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar (or a sugar substitute)
  • 6 cups cool water


Sprinkle a pinch of baking soda into a 64-ounce, heat-proof, glass pitcher. Pour in boiling water, and add tea bags. Cover, and allow to steep for 15 minutes

After you remove the tea bags,  stir in sugar until dissolved. Pour in cool water, then refrigerate until cold.

Add ice and sliced lemon.

Sometimes we buy  Simply Lemonade and mix the two for a great version of Iced Tea Lemonade. Experiment till you get the ratio of tea, lemonade and sugar to suit your taste.

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2 Responses

  1. Brenda Talley says:

    I always sweeten my tea with sugar for my husband. I sweeten mine with Equal. I put 1/4 cup of Equal per gallon of tea. We live in Alabama–you know we have to have our tea really sweet! I’ve been doing it for years.

    • Kay says:

      Ah…Brenda….southern sweet tea!! There isn’t anything like it, is there? yes, we use the Equal as well. Recently we have started using Truvia which is a natural sweetener. Much sweeter than sugar! Enjoy a tall glass of tea today–I know it is hot in Alabama!

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