Sweet tea is very easy to make and for some reason I don't do it nearly as often as I used to. Using a simple syrup instead of straight sugar seems to make it easier to control how sweet the tea becomes and mixes better. Baking soda is used to mellow out the flavor and it works great!
Step 1: BoM
5-8 tea bags
6 cups of water, boiled
1/2-full jug of ice
additional 4-6 cups of cold water
pinch of baking soda
3/4 cup sugar
Step 2: Simple Syrup
I like sweet tea, but not hurt your teeth sweet. Make simple syrup by boiling a 1:1 water and sugar solution for about 5 minutes. Transfer the syrup into a safe container and set aside.
Step 3: Tea
In the same pot, bring about 6 cups of water to a boil. When the water is boiling, remove the pot from heat and put in your tea bags and a pinch of baking soda. Allow the bags to steep for 5-7 minutes. When you remove the tea bags DO NOT wring the bags, this will cause your tea to become more bitter.
Step 4: Mix
Mix the sugar syrup into the tea and then pour into a container that has been partially or completely filled with ice.
Step 5: Enjoy!
Add more water (2-4 cups) to fill up the rest of your tea jug and stir. Drink ice cold