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Secret Ingredient Iced Tea

Ever wondered why the iced tea served at restaurants always seems to taste crisper and more flavorful than your homemade version? Well, there's a simple secret to how that happens, and we're sharing it in our recipe for Secret Ingredient Iced Tea. 

What You'll Need

  • 10 cup water, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda (See Note)
  • 7 tea bags
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)

What to Do

  1. In a large saucepan over high heat, bring 5 cups water to a boil. Stir in baking soda and tea bags; remove from heat, cover, and let steep 15 minutes.
     
  2. Remove and discard tea bags. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Add remaining water and the lemon slices. Pour into large pitcher and refrigerate 2 to 4 hours, or until chilled.
     
  3. Serve in tall glasses over ice and garnish with mint, if desired.

Notes

  • Using baking soda in this recipe is no mistake. It removes any bitterness from the tea, leaving us with a smooth and flavorful drink.
     
  • Looking for even more great summer thirst quenchers? Check out our collection of Cool Summer Drink Recipes!

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