Sunday, May 28, 2006

Sweet Tea - a Southern Thing

Every since I was exposed to sweet tea at Auburn University and at Ross L.'s family in Hoover,Alabama, I was hooked. The funny thing about sweet tea is that one can tell where you are geographically located by an eating establishment's response when you request sweet tea.
When you order tea in the South, it's assume to be sweet. However, if you are in Maryland (my home state) or above, if you order sweet tea, then they hand you a glass of unsweet tea and two packets of sugar - definitely not the same taste.
So here's the recipe for sweet tea to place in a pitcher of your refrigerator. Originally, I found this recipe posted by Blink on Recipezaar

Ingredients List
8 bags of normal size tea bags
1 and 3/4 cups of granulated sugar
8 cups of boiling water

1. Boil 8 cups of water in good size pot on stove.
2. Add 8 regular size tea bags and steep for about 3 to 5 minutes. I generally steep for 5 minutes to maximize the tea flavor.
3. Remove tea bags, then pour hot tea into pitcher.
4. Add 1 and 3/4 cups of granulated sugar to pitcher of tea and stir well.
5. Place pitcher into refrigerator to cool.
6. When ready to serve sweet tea, pour into glass with lots of ice.

I have made the sweet tea with three different choices for mixture of tea bags as follows:
1. use all 8 Lipton tea bags
2. or use 4 Lipton tea bags and 4 Salada green tea bags
3. or use 8 Salada green tea bags
I would recommend experimenting with all three mixes to determine which one you like best or depending on the day which one you prefer.

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