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Some people have never tried southern sweet tea.
Yes, I was giving you a moment of silence.
In honor of the Southern ways, I will try to redeem this by introducing you to sweet tea.
Sweet tea is heavy on the sweet. It requires mass amounts of sugar. It’s like pancake syrup, without the pancake or syrup (just the sugar). Down here in the South, when we say sweet, we mean sweet. Okay, ya’ll?
- Boil a pot of water and remove from heat.
- Place 6 regular teabags in the water
- Steep for about half an hour.
- Pour warm tea into a gallon sized pitcher.
- Add 1.5-2 cups sugar to the warm tea. Stir well.
- Add room temperature water to the top of the pitcher.
- Serve on ice when cold. The ice is also important. You’ve got to use a lot of it. And if you have the electronic equipment to crush it-then crush away, my friend.
P.S. Let me tell you what sweet tea is not. It’s not instant. It is not unsweetened iced tea with sugar or artificial additives. There is NO adding of artificial sweetness required or allowed.
That actually RUINS it.
Making sweet tea isn’t as easy as some think The key: add the sugar when the tea is hot. It is a process that requires an expert. I have consume enough sweet tea to actually pee it, so I think I qualify.
Sweet tea is a sacred production that requires patience. It must cool completely in the fridge.
One last hint is to not over steep. That and leaving sweet tea un-refrigerated too long makes it bitter. Bitter sweet tea—well, it isn’t sweet, now is it?
Amazing research done by Cracker Barrel proves that sweet tea drinkers are more laid-back and friendlier than soda drinkers. The report also stated that sweet tea consumers are perceived funnier and more exciting than unsweetened tea drinkers. There you have it, dear ones, I owe all of THIS to sweet tea.
So, go ahead. Don’t be afraid. I challenge all my northern, eastern and western friends to give it a shot. I guarantee it’ll be so good, you’ll slap your Momma or marry your cousin!