Summer Sweet Tea – Southern Style
As the title suggests, this is a summer recipe. I do not make this in the winter.This treat is reserved for the summer time, and then it gets consumed regularly, like DAILY. A cup a day keeps the socialists away…. I WISH!! Enjoy!
- 8 cups of water
- 8 Orange Pekoe Tea Bags. I like Red Rose
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 - 1/3 cup of sugar
- 4 trays of large ice cube
- 1 large lemon
In a saucepan, bring 8 cups of water to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat. When the water is just off the boil add the 8 tea bags. Set a timer and steep for 8 minutes, gently stirring every couple of minutes. DO NOT SQUEEZE tea bags as this will give the tea a bitter flavour. If you like your tea a little stronger, steep it longer. I repeat, NEVER SQUEEZE THE TEA BAGS.
Once the timer goes off, remove the tea bags to compost or trash. Return the tea to a strong boil. Add baking soda. The baking soda will give the Sweet Tea a nice creamy texture, almost like a cream soda, without the fizz and reduces acidity. Add the sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
While all of the above is taking place, empty ice cube trays into a 1 gallon jug ($5.99 at Superstore). Slice or quarter lemons. If quartered, squeeze two quarters into jug and toss all four quarters into the jug.
Pour hot tea over the lemon and ice cubes. Add cold water to bring to gallon line. Less if you like your tea stronger.
Cover and place in fridge to chill. Serve over ice with a slice of lemon, of course.
I have played with this recipe, the measurements etc. to get it to taste the way I like it. No one complains. Play with it until it is just how you like it. For an extra zing.... Try adding an ounce of vodka or Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey.