The view from the swing…blue sky!
Does this picture put you in the mood to relax, maybe swing…sleep in a hammock and drink some Lemonade or maybe some Southern Sweet Tea? Well…I promised my recipe for some ‘Sweet Tea’. I just learned how to make this. Another one of those things that makes one say…now why didn’t I know how to do that already? Well…I didn’t live in the South! In the Southwest we make ‘Sun Tea’. What else would it be called in the desert?
Making ‘Southern Sweet Tea’ really is simple. The process just makes it so delicious!
I used a combination of black tea and herbal spearmint tea.
Traditional ‘Southern Sweet Tea’ is made with black tea.
I quite like my own version, using black and mint tea. It reminds me of the tea
that my Grandma Alice made from the fresh mint in her garden.
Here is the recipe for Southern Sweet Tea…Vee Style
You will need a 64 oz. heat-proof glass container or pitcher
4 bags black tea (I used three Lipton tea bags and one Tazo black tea bag)
2 bags mint tea (I used Tazo Spearmint Lemongrass…that I LOVE)
3/4 cup sugar
a pinch of baking soda (which I guess to be 1/8 teaspoon)
A note about the baking soda…it helps cut the bitterness from the tannins in the tea and also helps keep the tea from getting cloudy.
2 cups boiling water
6 cups cold water
Sprinkle the baking soda into the bottom of the container.
Pour the 2 cups boiling water into the container and then add the tea bags (I cut the strings off of the bags).
Cover and allow to steep for 15 minutes.
Remove the tea bags.
note: Lift the tea bags out of the water with a slotted spoon…then use the spoon to drain the bag over the pitcher.
Add sugar. When the sugar has dissolved completely…add the 6 cups cold water.
Mix well, refrigerate…and enjoy!
That’s it! And…it is so good!
I’m sure you could use all herbal tea, any flavor, as well.
I hope you’ll try it!
My Family and Friends in the Southwest should definitely give it a try!
Pull up a swing…sip some Sweet Tea…
maybe go on over and ask Miss Bell for some of her Sweet Tea!
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May your day be blessed with tea and cookies!