Thursday, March 13, 2008

How Sweet It Is Matters!

I love sweet tea! I don't think there is another drink out there that quenches my thrist as much or makes me feel so great as sweet tea. I happen to think mine is better than anyone's. It's ssswweeeeeeeettttttt! Seriously - diabetics should steer clear!
I'm not sure why....but it just always tastes better than anyone else's. I never make it in the coffee pot...that just seems wrong. Maybe it's because I boil half the sugar into the tea....maybe it's the amount of sugar I use - 2 cups in a gallon.....maybe it's just that it reminds me of growing up and my mama's sweet tea! I'm certain that has a lot to do with it! She makes great tea too! What are the odds that it's hereditary?
Sigh.....I shall share with you my method of tea decide for yourself!

"Sweet Tea" (for one gallon pitcher)

  • 2 Family size Lipton Tea bags
  • 2 generous cups of sugar (separated into one cup each)
  • water

Place the teabags, water and one cup of sugar in a pot on the stove (on high) and bring to a boil. Once the mixture makes it to a rolling boil, you can turn it off. Leave it on the stove for a few minutes while you tend to something else - anything....TV, kids, book, movie, laundry...the list can go on and on!

Dump (should you use dump in a recipe?) the other cup of sugar in the pitcher and stir vigorously as you add the freshly made tea/sugar mixture (this mixture should be hot, not boiling, to dissolve the sugar). Continue to fill your pitcher by adding cool water to the pot with the teabags and pouring it into the tea pitcher. Maybe it's just my OCD mind, but I always feel like I get more out of the teabags this way. You know, really make 'em work for it!

So that's my "recipe", if you will! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!


martinstone said...

I haven't found, well Ray hasn't found any sweet tea up here. One restaurant had what they called sweet tea, he said "nope, this isnt even close". I'm sticking to straight water these days and happy to do it!

Jenn said...

That's what happens when you leave the good ol' South! Tell him not to give up the good fight!

Barb said...

I laughed about the sweetness of your tea! Sweet tea only exsists in the south. The northwest has snapple teas -- that never comes close!

Anonymous said...

When you develop "thunder thighs" you will begin to LOVE Sweet 'n Low.

Jenn said...

Unfortunately ANONYMOUS, I'm in fear that you're right! I can only hope my metabolism will hold out!

Anonymous said...

No woman's metabloism holds out ........ believe me !!! Enjoy all that sugar while you can, but it WILL catch up to you.