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This Wonderful Copycat McDonald’s Sweet Tea Recipe is a refreshing tea recipe and is like a copycat McDonald’s Sweet Tea. My husband loves sweet tea and during the warmer months we usually have a pitcher in the refrigerator.

By making sweet tea at home, you can control just how sweet you want it. I like it over a glass full of ice cubes with a slice of lemon or orange. 



Hello Friends! Summer is nearly here! As things take on a new beginning this season, we are enjoying more days out in the sun. Because of that, it has been a nice time to make some sweet tea to enjoy out in the yard.

Today’s sweet iced tea recipe is an easy one when you are looking for a delicious and refreshing drink for a summer or spring day. It only takes a few ingredients, so you can make this year-round if you like!  I drink tea all year and it is truly one of my favorite beverages.

How to Make Sweet Tea


This sweet tea recipe is meant to be enjoyed either as is or with creamer. I don’t typically add creamer, but I know that some people like their ice tea that way.

Mcdonalds sweet tea copycat recipe

This is also so economical to make and chances are you already have the ingredients in your pantry. I will often whip up a bunch and it keeps in the refrigerator for us throughout the week. 


McDonald’s Copycat Sweet Tea ingredients

List of main ingredients.

Tea– Many ask, how many tea bags for a gallon of sweet tea? For this recipe, we are using three family-sized tea bags. If you are using regular tea bags, you will need eight of them for a gallon. 

Water – Tap water is boiled for this recipe so no need to use bottled water.

Sugar – This has a bit of sugar in it, but you can control the sweetness to your taste and use less sugar if you want. 

Variations on this recipe.

You can sweeten the tea with a dash of honey or agave syrup if you would rather.

Best Sweet Tea Recipe


For more great summer beverage recipes ideas

How to  make Sweet Tea

The most important thing to remember when steeping the tea is that you need to give it at least 5 minutes for a good steep.

McDonald’s Copycat Sweet Tea Steeping

2. Then you will add a pinch of baking soda because it neutralizes the tannins in the black tea to give it a much smoother taste.

McDonald’s Copycat Sweet Tea Steeping

After chilling, you can enjoy your tea!

McDonald’s Copycat Sweet Tea recipe easy

Don’t forget to pin this recipe. 

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How to Make Sweet Tea

Sweet Tea Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes

A delicious and refreshing copycat McDonald's Sweet Tea.


  • 16 cups filtered water, divided
  • 3 family-sized tea bags
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • Pinch baking soda


    1. Place 4 cups of water in a large saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil.

    2. Remove the saucepan from heat and add the tea bags. Cover and allow the tea to steep for 5 to 6 minutes. (Steep longer for a stronger tea.)

    3. Meanwhile, add an additional 12 cups of water and a pinch of baking soda to a gallon-sized pitcher.

    4. Remove tea bags from saucepot, gently squeezing to remove the excess tea. Discard the tea bags.

    5. To the saucepan, add the sugar and stir until completely blended.

    6. Pour the tea into the gallon-sized pitcher with the water. Stir to combine.

    7.Cover the pitcher and refrigerate. Best if refrigerated overnight.



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