The Perfect Southern Beverage

August 15, 2011

While waiting for the latest episode of True Blood to finish downloading and finishing up my thank you notes, I figured I would post a little something I’ve been thinking about all day. My mother-in-law seems to have a bit of trouble with this, and with so many of my friends graduating and heading out on their own, I thought this would be a pretty appropriate post.

Growing up, my mom was known for being a sweet tea connoisseur. I’m pretty convinced that at one point or another, I was drinking sweet tea from a sippy cup. Since I’m starting my new family with a southern husband and in-laws, we’ve always gotta have some sweet tea in the house.

I thought I’d share a few tricks that my mom uses to make the perfect southern beverage. (Just so you know, it’s called sweet tea for a reason: IT’S SWEEEEET!)

The glass is part of a set that I got as a wedding gift from Crate and Barrel. Thanks Jenn!
  1. Start with a small-ish sauce pan. The smaller the pan, the weaker the brew (in this particular recipe).
  2. Let the water come to a rapid boil, then add two regular-sized Lipton Iced Tea bags to the water. If you remove the strings and just let the bags float around, that’s how I do it.
  3. Remove the pan from heat and let it sit for about an hour or so.
  4. Pour the brew into a gallon jug.
  5. Once the pan is empty, refill it with water with the tea bags still in the pan. Pour into jug and “smush” the tea bags to get all of the liquid out.
  6. Add two cups (yes, I know that’s a lot) of sugar to the jug.
  7. Fill jug to top with water if not already full.
  8. Stir, stir, stir!
  9. Let chill for a couple of hours. It’s called iced tea for a reason. Let it get nice and chilled.
  10. Enjoy!

Having a slice of lemon always makes the tea a little better, at least to me! It reminds me of the Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg. Ah, memories!

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Love always,

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