Saturday, April 25, 2009

Sweet Tea.

If you know me well at all, you know how much I love iced tea.

In 2005, I was in Atlanta, Georgia for the United Church of Christ's General Synod. I had my first taste of real sweet tea and thought it was the greatest thing I'd ever tasted. Fast forward to the summer of 2006, where a certain North Carolina native at Lancaster Theological Seminary's Leadership Academy made a pitcher of homemade sweet tea.

Shortly thereafter, I started making my own. It's one of few recipes I can make without a second thought, probably because I make it so often.

In honor of the near-90 degree weather this weekend (which was my birthday, and was excellent):

Sweet Tea
8-10 tea bags (Luzienne is arguably the most "authentic" brand)
1 cup sugar
4 cups water

1. Boil 4 cups water in a medium saucepan.
2. Remove from heat, stir in sugar and add tea bags. Allow to steep for 20-30 minutes.
3. Add ice to a half gallon pitcher. Pour "sweet tea syrup" over ice, and add water to sufficiently fill the half gallon pitcher.


Oby Ballinger said...

Happy belated birthday!

Ben Masters said...

In Virginia, sweet tea is the sign that one has left Northern Virginia and entered the South.


Luke said...

ya gotta put your tea thru the Payton-test before you can officially call it "sweet tea"

Nina said...