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How to Make Sweet Tea
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Sweet Tea Recipe

A delicious and refreshing copycat McDonald's Sweet Tea.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Course: beverages, Drink
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 145kcal


  • 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.


Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 37g | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg