Sweet tea that rivals the restaurant’s at home? You bet! Just a few simple ingredients will make this McDonald’s copycat sweet tea recipe!
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Warmer weather is here and if you live in the South…that means: sweet tea weather! One of my favorite guilty pleasures is a large sweet tea from McDonald’s, but let’s face it: it isn’t always easy to head out of the house with two little ones and go grab a sweet tea. That’s why I love this McDonald’s Copycat Sweet Tea recipe!
I have so many memories around sweet tea growing up, my mom made it often for our family. Now that I’m older, I often have a glass of sweet tea as I’m sitting on the porch watching the kids play. The fact that this recipe is so easy to make and makes a good amount of sweet tea, is a win-win! You can make it now and refrigerate it for guests coming over.
How do I keep my homemade sweet tea from getting watered down?
Add some to an ice cube tray and add the frozen cubes to your glass of sweet tea. Voila! You don’t have to worry about traditional ice cubes watering down your glass of tea!
Ingredients you will need
- Filtered water
- Tea bags
- Baking soda
How to make your homemade sweet tea
- Boil water, remove from heat and add tea bags.
- Allow tea bags to steep, then stir in sugar to dissolve.
- Add baking soda, remaining water to large pitcher.
- Stir in steeped tea after removing tea bags.
- Cover and refrigerate.
- 16 cups filtered water, divided
- 3 family-sized tea bags
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- Pinch baking soda
- Place 4 cups of water in a large saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil.
- Remove the saucepan from heat and add the tea bags. Cover and allow the tea to steep for 5 to 6 minutes. (Steep longer for stronger tea.)
- Meanwhile, add an additional 12 cups of water and a pinch of baking soda to a gallon-sized pitcher.
- Remove tea bags from saucepot, gently squeezing to remove the excess tea. Discard the tea bags.
- To the saucepan, add the sugar and stir until completely blended.
- Pour the tea into the gallon-sized pitcher with the water. Stir to combine.
- Cover the pitcher and refrigerate. Best if refrigerated overnight.