Thursday, May 27, 2010

Random Picks: Southern Girl Sweet Tea (and Recipe)

I got introduced to sweet tea about a year ago when my boyfriend, Scott, and I were grocery shopping and he added a gallon of sweet tea to the shopping cart. After we got home, I took a sip and was instantly addicted.

Growing up, my mom would make an unsweetened black tea. I always added a bit of white sugar to my glass to make it a little sweeter and sometimes a slice of fresh lemon and mint leaves. As we know, when you add something like sugar to a cold glass of tea and stir almost all of it ends up at the bottom and doesn't dissolve. It may sweeten it a little, but by the time you get to the bottom of your drink the last gulp is nothing but a gritty mouth full of sugar.

I had remembered in one of my cookbooks there is a recipe for sweet tea. I modified this recipe a little but you can find the original recipe in the cookbook, "The Get 'Em Girls' Guide to the Power of Cuisine: Perfect Recipes for Spicing Up Your Love Life" by Shakara Bridgers, Heniece Isley, and Joan A Davis.

Southern Girl Sweet Tea

3 big tea bags of black tea
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups boiling water
1 cup white sugar
6 cups cold water

Combine tea bags and baking soda in a large glass container.

Add the hot water.

Let steep for 15 minutes.

Dispose of the tea bags-do not squeeze the tea out of them.

Pour tea mix into a 2-quart container.

Add the white sugar.

Stir until sugar is dissolved.

Add the cold water.

Put in refrigerator to cool.

Enjoy with ice, lemon slices, and fresh mint leaves.

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