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Pat Branning’s Sweet Tea


  1. 6 individual tea bags
  2. 2 quarts filtered cool water
  3. Pinch of baking soda
  4. For the sugar syrup:
  5.  1 cup granulated sugar
  6. 1 cup water
  7. Fresh lemon
  8. Fresh mint, if desired


  • Boil 2 quarts of cool filtered water, bringing it just to a boil, then turn it off.
  • Steep tea bags in this hot water for as long as you can – several hours is good.  Gently squeeze bags of excess water and remove. 
  • Add a pinch of baking soda to keep it from turning cloudy. Next add lemon, or ginger or mint.

For the sugar water:

  • Bring the cup of sugar and the cup of water just to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved.  Set aside to cool.
  • Add this to the hot tea.  Once cooled down, add to a lovely pitcher and stir. Pour into ice-filled glasses.