Mr. Food: Secret Ingredient Iced Tea

August 19, 2012 6:59:34 AM PDT
Iced Tea is a refreshing drink for any summer day. Mr. Food has a secret ingredient to make sure your tea is extra tasty.

Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 25 min

  • 10 cups water, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda (See Note)
  • 7 tea bags
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)


    1. In a large saucepan, bring 5 cups water to a boil over high heat. Stir in baking soda and tea bags; remove from heat, cover, and let steep 15 minutes.

    2. Remove and discard tea bags. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Add remaining water and the lemon slices. Pour into 1/2-gallon container and refrigerate 2 to 4 hours, or until chilled.

    3. Serve over ice in tall glasses and garnish with mint, if desired.

    Using baking soda in this recipe is no mistake. It removes any bitterness from the tea, leaving us with a smooth and flavorful drink.

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