I’ve accepted that it is going to be a hot summer. Temperatures have reached above 100 degrees for the past few days, and it is only going to get hotter. When the AC and the ceiling fans just don’t suffice, I’ve found comfort in something sweet. I always claimed I didn’t like sweet tea. Until I moved south of the Mason-Dixon line and realized that I’d never actually had real sweet tea. And now I can’t get enough of it. It is the number one drink of the south, and why it is not for the rest of the country, I don’t know.
I’ve done a little research from the neighbors and a friend who was born and raised in the south to come up with a recipe for sweet tea that is all you need for a hot day. But don’t forget to drink your 8-10 glasses water, of course!
- 1 pinch baking soda
- 3/4 cup white sugar, splenda, stevia, equal, or however else you like to sweeten!
- 6 cups cool water
- 2 cups boiling water
- 6 tea bags (I highly recommend Luzianne family style bags, the iced tea blend)
Sprinkle a pinch of baking soda in a 64 oz (2 qt), heat proof, glass pitcher. Pour in boiling water, and add tea bags. Cover, and allow to steep for 15-20 minutes (depending on how strong you like your tea).
Remove tea bags using tongs, and discard. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Pour in cool water, then refrigerate until cold.
We like the recipe so much that I double it.
Have a wonderful day and y’all come back, now. 🙂