T.G.I.S.!! Thank GOODNESS I’m SOUTHERN! (Because Being Southern is SO Fabulous!)

T.G.I.F. is BACK!  And I am here with a special edition as we explore what it truly means to embody the Southern Lifestyle.  While there are 101 ways why being Southern is so fabulous, I am going to focus on one each week for the next several T.G.I.F. blogs.  There are so many ways to identify a southerner in a crowd, but there is one sure fire way to hit the nail on the head.  Just ask them if they take their tea sweetened…

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There was never a day growing up when there was not a pitcher of Sweet Tea in my house.  Oh, and only white, refined sugar will do. And, yes.. if you  are pouring me a glass, I take mine with lemon.  Spiked?  Only after church on Sundays…

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Spiked Sweet Tea

7 cups water
6 orange pekoe tea bags
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup Bacardi 151 or other high-proof golden rum
Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish

  1. Bring 4 cups of the water to a boil in a medium saucepan and add the tea bags. Remove the pan from the heat, cover it, and allow the tea bags to steep for
    5 minutes.
  2. Remove and discard the tea bags. Add the sugar to the saucepan and stir until dissolved. Add the remaining 3 cups water and stir to combine. Transfer the mixture to a pitcher, and add the lemon juice and rum. Chill thoroughly before serving

Or, maybe you are hankering to try a kitchy new Sweet Tea recipe out with the new vegetarian dinner party you are having (we only live once, right?) 

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“Not-So-Traditional” Sweet Tea Recipes

Strawberry vanilla bean rooibos iced tea
Rooibos is like nature’s gatorade (electrolytes!), so I love sipping on this when the heat rises.

6 tsp rooibos tea or 5-6 rooibos tea bags
4 strawberries, hulled and sliced
1/4 vanilla bean pod (I save the leftover pods when I bake with the seeds)
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup agave nectar (I like light agave here)

Iced green tea with lemongrass, mint and lime
So fresh, light caffeine and all the antioxidants/good stuff you love about green tea.
6 tsp green tea leaves or 5-6 tea bags

1 stalk of lemongrass, cut in half and bashed up with the back of your knife
2 sprigs of mint, leaves removed
juice of 2 limes
1/4 cup raw honey

And, of course… there is always the old stand by – the one I have countless memories of asking my mama if I “could pour in the sugar and help her make it all sweet”… Traditional Southern Iced Tea that makes you just a wanna find a big ol’ wrap around porch and a rocking chair.

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As-Southern-As-You-Get-Sweet-Tea (click this link to view more Sweet Tea recipes from Southern Living)

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 family-size tea bags
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 7 cups cold water


  1. 1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a saucepan; add tea bags. Boil 1 minute; remove from heat. Cover and steep 10 minutes.
  2. 2. Discard tea bags. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Pour into a 1-gal. container, and add 7 cups cold water. Serve over ice.

Do you have a Sweet Tea recipe that you would like to share?  Better yet, any recipe from the “Southern Family Vault?”  Leave a comment and let me know!  

Now go have an “It’s So Fabulous Day” 

If you need help making your space more FABULOUS, then please contact me at Kimberly@knottinghillinteriors.com and visit our website www.KnottingHillInteriors.com

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Stylish, sophisticated and dramatic, Kimberly Grigg brings her unique talents to client’s homes across the country and to her retail boutique, Knotting Hill Interiors. An award winning retail boutique and an award winning full service design firm, Knotting Hill offers luxury interior design, renovation and remodeling services, custom design, childrens rooms and nurseries and accessorizing. The retail boutique sells fabric, home furnishings, retail design, lamps, accessories, art, upscale furniture consignment, gifts, fashion and jewelry. Voted “Best on the Beach” in both retail and design, our customers say that this place and this process is truly “enchanted”! Knotting Hill Interiors is based in Myrtle Beach South Carolina and is located at 7751 North Kings Hwy.