One of Jim and I's favorite things we've picked up here is SWEET TEA! And there is a definite difference between sweetened tea and SWEET TEA. I have been disappointed several times by this misunderstanding. The first time was when we went to the Outer Banks and their sweet tea was glorified sweetened tea and the second this past weekend. My family loves Tradewinds Sweet Tea.... but again not quite enough sugar. All this time we have been drinking a powdered mix of sweet tea or drinking it while out at restaurants. So I figured it was time to learn how to make it on my own (according to Jessica I'm not a real South Carolinian if I can't and as it appears we will be her for the foreseable future I might as well embrace it). I bought tea at the store but wasn't quite sure exactly how much sugar would be needed, the box just said "sweeten to taste".... thank you Lipton, very helpful. So I googled "How much sugar is needed to make sweet tea". The first entry said "For two quarts use as little as possible"... ummm nope. The next suggested using 1-2 cups of sugar and even suggested using 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda during the brewing process. I did not try the baking soda part but did use 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Jim says I make good SWEET TEA! :)
Does anyone know the purpose of the baking soda or have an opinion good or bad of it's effect on the taste of the tea? How much sugar do you use?