In the South, tea is really just an excuse to sip a whole sugarcane’s worth of sweetness in one glass.
Luzianne brand tea bags are usually considered critical for imparting that classic Southern sweet tea flavor.
Bring two cups of water to a rolling boil, then add baking soda. Pour water over tea bags. Let the tea steep for just about five minutes, then remove bags. Add a cup of sugar while the tea is still very hot and stir to dissolve. Meanwhile, prepare a pitcher filled with remaining water and ice. Pour tea and sugar mixture into the pitcher and stir. Garnish with lemon rounds and fresh mint sprigs.