Combine all of the tea ingredients to a large pot over medium heat. The baking soda will darken the syrup and reduce the bitterness. Bring the mixture to a boil stirring to dissolve the sugar and extracting as much tea as possible. Once the mixture is boiling, remove the pot from the heat and let steep until cooled. Remove and discard the tea bags and reserve the sweet tea syrup.
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