Sweet Tea Recipe

Today I want to share a little recipe of my absolute favourite summer time (heck, anytime!) cold drink.  Since I live in Canada, I used to have to save up my taste buds for this goodness for trips to the states.  Usually the southern states.  Which just wasn't often enough!  Finally, I thought to myself one day, "What the heck Reva, why don't you just make it?" Duh.  So I did.  And now I'm going to share it with you.  Because the only thing that's better than having a glass of this is stuff, is having a glass with friends.  Enjoy!
6 black tea bags (I used Tetley, because that's what I had)
1/8-1/4 tsp baking soda (cuts the bitterness, secret ingredient!)
1-2 cups sugar (depends on your sweetness like-ability, I just use 1 cup)
2 cups boiling water
6 cups cold water

(directions below photos)

If you are in the States, and don't want to make your own sweet tea, Gold Peak is one of my favourites.  This guy has been in the fridge for months now, waiting for that special occasion.

Boil a kettle of water.  Add baking soda and tea bags to a heat safe measuring cup.  Add 2 cups boiling water and stir to dissolve baking soda.  Set the timer for 15 minutes, and let that goodness brew.
After 15 mins, gently remove tea bags, making sure you don't squeeze/wring them out.  Add desired amount of sugar (I used 1 cup) and stir to dissolve.
Pour 6 cups of cold water into your juice jug, and add tea mixture, stirring to incorporate well.
Refrigerate until cold.
Serve with ice and a straw for ultimate refreshment.  Drink up the sweet goodness and share with friends!