Friday, April 8, 2011

Sweet Tea Season

Here in Central California, Sweet Tea Season comes early. It was 90 degrees here last APRIL! The BEGINNING of April, no less. Back in my neck of the woods (Georgia), it doesn't get hot like that until a little later in the year. Granted, there's a butt-load (we're talkin' bubble butt-load) of humidity that comes with it, but nevermind that. So anyways, back to the topic at hand.

Sweet Tea Season is here. (Did I mention it was only April?) Well, at least for me- no one else around here drinks sweet tea. I am utterly alone in my Southern-ness. Up until last year, I made it like my mom always made it, but then I found a new and improved recipe, if you can call something so simple a recipe. Anyways, I thought I'd share. I know I have some sweet-tea drinkers reading, and if you aren't one of us, maybe you'll decide to be brave and indulge your inner Southerner. So, here it is-

  • 1 pinch baking soda
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 6 tea bags
  • 1/2-1/3 cup white sugar
  • 6 cups cool water


  1. Sprinkle a pinch of baking soda into a 64-ounce, heat-proof, glass pitcher. Pour in boiling water, and add tea bags. Cover, and allow to steep for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags, and discard; stir in sugar until dissolved. Pour in cool water, then refrigerate until cold.

When I make it, I just boil some water in my tea kettle, and dump some into the pitcher. I don't bother measuring. Same thing with the cool water- I just fill my pitcher to just under half-way full. I say 1/2 to 1/3 sugar 'cause I like variety in my sweetness. The original recipe called for 3/4 cups, and that's just plain jelly-bean-like. Or should I say McDonalds-sweet-tea-like. Same thing, really. Last year I started trying to be just a tad bit healthier in my eating, and drinking, so I started using green tea. I still use regular black tea every once in awhile though, 'cause like I said, I like variety.


  1. That sounds delicious! I'm not sure if you've turned Josh into a sweet tea lover, or not. If so, make sure he drinks a lot of water, too. And he may want to throw in a lemon wedge into his tall glass of sweet tea. Both of those tips will help reduce his chance of developing kidney stones from the tea (and unfortunately, given the family history, he needs to be careful in this area) :-)

  2. Eh, he still won't touch it. Noah on the other hand, can't get enough of it.