"In the South a front porch without a swing is like tea without sugar, incomplete"
Let's start this post with a little history, shall we. Y'all bear with me. This is one of the only times I get to use that fancy piece of paper SFASU gave me. The Sugar Act of 1764: Among other things taxed sugar. The Boston Tea Party happened December 16, 1773. The Son's of Liberty (An American Patriot Group) refused to give back taxed tea and instead threw it into the harbor. This was all in distaste of the Tea Act of 1773 and the East India Company. This was just a serious of events that led to the ultimately led to The American Revolution.
If you haven't learned by now, that I'm obsessed with sweet tea, then there is a problem. Everyone knows that you are not allowed to, "Bless My Heart" tell me, "Oh Hell No" or take away my sweet tea unless I say otherwise. Any of those without my permission are fighting words around this blog. My go to is a half and half. That would be half sweet tea, half lemonade. Yes, it matters which half is put in first. Yes, this makes me more Texan than Southern. Deal with it. I normally opt for an Arnold Palmer because I am to lazy to make fresh tea. That being said: Ancestors died so we could enjoy "The Nector of the God's". It is NOT OK for y'all to be drinking it wrong. I will never understand the Brits and why they put milk in their tea. We fought a war over sugar (among other things) FREAKIN' SUGAR and they chose to put milk in their tea. Nonsense I tell you. NONSENSE.
Unsweet tea with sugar added is not the same thing. One of my biggest pet peeves is when I go to a restaurant and they try and hand me sugar. It is not the same. There is a special place in hell for people who pretend adding sugar to unsweet tea makes it sweet tea. There is also a special place in hell for people who know the lane is ending but wait until the very end to get over. Since I am a professional sweet tea consosuer. (Seriously, my body is not 70% water, it is 70% sweet tea) I'll give you my tried to true sweet tea recipe. It puts the sweet in sweet tea.
I say the sweeter the better. If you know who said the title of my post and where it's from we can be friends. If not you must be a Yankee!
3 cups water
pinch of baking soda
2 family sized tea bags
2 cups of sugar
7 cups of cold water
Bring 3 cups of water to a boil; add tea bags. Boil for a min then remove from the heat. Cover and steep from 10 minutes.
2. Remove the tea bags. Add the sugar and stir baby stir.
3. Place the contents in a nice size pitcher. Add the seven cups of cold water and stir baby stir.
4. Lastly add the pinch of baking soda and you are good to go. I perfer mine in a good ol' Ball Mason Jar.