Luzianne brand tea bags are usually considered critical for imparting that classic Southern sweet tea flavor.
- 8 Cups water, divided
- 10 regular-sized bags of black tea
- 1/8 Teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ½ Cup sugar
- Fresh lemon, sliced into rounds
- Mint sprigs
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.