Enjoy a Fresh Sweet Tea in Honor of National Iced Month this June

Hot water, black tea, sugar, and…. baking soda?! Not exactly what those of us in Northern Michigan think of when we whip up a batch of tea, but any Southerner worth their weight in sweet tea will tell you it is an essential ingredient in this summertime staple. Tea brewed with a bit of baking soda mixed in is less cloudy, less bitter, and many would describe it as “smoother” …  But why?  The answer boils down tannins.