Saturday, May 5, 2012

Sweetest Sweet Tea

So, let's just clear one thing up right now.

I am not, nor have I ever been, from the South.

Now, I've been to the South. Kentucky, Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma...

But I am not from the South.

I am, in fact, from the great city of Portland, Oregon.

And moved to the even greater city of Boise, Idaho when I married at nineteen.

And now I live in the semi-rural town of Nampa, Idaho.

"So", you may ask, "if she ain't from the South, how in tarnation would SHE know how to make sweet tea?"


I KNOW some people from the South and they taught me.

And I'd like to teach you.

So, y'all ready?

Sweet Tea of Varying Varieties (eh? ehhhh? catchy!!!)

8 bags of tea, your choice (Celestial Seasonings and Lipton are gf. Just watch for soy.)

* If making flavored tea, use 6 bags of green or black and 2 bags flavored. Some great combos are peach and green or black, lemon and green or black, peppermint and green (use less sweetener with this combo too!), orange and black.

1 cup your choice granulated sugar OR 2/3 to 3/4 cup agave OR 3/4 cup honey

Place tea bags and sweetener in the bottom of a 3 quart sauce pot.

Fill with cold water to within 1 1/2 inches of the top of the pot. Stir.

Put a lid on it. The pot. Not you.

Turn the heat on to high and stay close by. Once the water comes to a boil, turn it down to simmer for 1 minute exactly. Turn off the burner and stir the tea once more.

Let the tea mixture sit for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, fill a one gallon pitcher 3/4 full with ice. Be sure to use a NON GLASS pitcher. (Because we all know what happens when boiling hot liquids come into contact with cold glass. That would ruin your day.)

When 5 minutes have passed, strain out the tea bags with a slotted spoon. Discard the bags.

Pour about 2/3 (or 3/4 if you like your tea quite strong) of the mixture into the pitcher. Stir well until the ice is as melted as it will get, then add enough water to fill to one gallon. You will have enough of the mixture left over to make about another 1/2 gallon.

Serve over additional ice, if desired.

* Individual servings can also be made by placing 2 bags (1 flavored, 1 green or black or whatever in the world you want) in a large mug with 2 T sugar or the amount of honey or agave you like, and covering with boiling water. Once steeped for about 5-7 minutes, fill a tall cup (not glass) with ice and pour your tea mixture over the ice. Add a straw and you've got an individual serving of sweet tea!

It's that easy. Y'all. How sweet is that?

Happy Sweet Sippin'!


HelenMarie said...

Ah ha!
I made "sweet tea" last week and just did what felt right.
Seriously, how bad can you mess up sweet tea?!?!?!?
Apparently pretty bad.
Thanks for the recipe.
I shall use it!!!!!

The Freak Food Gourmet said...

Hey, you tried! I hope you like this recipe. =)