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…
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…
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
- 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
- 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?)
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.
- 3 cups water
- 2 family-size tea bags
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 7 cups cold water
- 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. Discard tea bags. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Pour into a 1-gal. container, and add 7 cups cold water. Serve over ice.