Copycat McDonalds Sweet Tea #drink #sweetea

Sweet Tea fans, here is a great recipe that is sure to hit the spot on a hot summer day. According to my girls and their friends, it tastes just like McDonald’s Sweet Tea! Sweet, smooth and refreshing. To me, it tastes like summer in a glass. Hands down, this is the BEST sweet tea recipe!


  • 3 Family Size Lipton iced tea bags
  • pinch of baking soda (optional)
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 12 cups cold water
  • *1 1/2 cups sugar (you can use less)


  1. Drop a pinch of baking soda in the bottom of a heat-proof, one gallon pitcher (plastic pitchers are best when working with boiling water).
  2. In a small sauce pan, bring 4 cups of water to boil.
  3. Remove from heat, add tea bags and allow to brew for 15 minutes, dunking tea bags up and down a few times while brewing.
  4. Remove tea bags, pressing out excess tea with a spoon.
  5. Transfer hot tea to pitcher, add sugar, stir and allow to dissolve completely.
  6. Add 12 cups cold water and stir.
  7. Store in fridge until chilled. S
  8. erve over ice. Enjoy!


  • Plastic pitchers work best – NEVER pour boiling water in glass pitcher that is not heat-proof, it may shatter.
  • If you have an older plastic pitcher and/or are concerned about chemicals with hot liquids – use a larger sauce pan and add your sugar in the pan, when the sugar is dissolved, add it to the pitcher with the 12 cups of water already added.
  • *Adjust sugar amount to desired taste. My girls like a little more sugar, but I always use less.
  • Try different flavored tea bags, like peach. YUM!
  • If you like stronger tea, add an additional tea bag(s).