My BFF Tracy needs her fix, her blog fix that is….so here it is….
I do not drink soda, and if I go somewhere that does not have bottled water, I will drink root beer if I have to. I do love that Raspberry Tea that comes out the fountain drink place though, but many places don’t have it…my Y-Not BBQ and Grill does, and they just serve us it without hardly asking anymore…yum!
But most places serve Ice Tea and it is UNSWEETENED, but after I put in about 15 packets of sugar, I can drink it. So anyway on our trip to PA or on cruise the menu had Sweet Tea, and I remembered my girlfriend Teri (hey there girlfriend!) saying one time she got that, and did not realized it was sweetened and added more sugar and wow, that woke her up! ha! So anyway, I ordered it and it was so good, it was like I added the sugar myself.
So now I am on the hunt for sweet tea at places we go and out here in AZ that is hard to find. I did go through the drive thru at Sonic the other day, and they had Sweet Tea and it was so yummy, unfortunately it was all ice, and after what seems like 3 big mouthfuls, I had no tea left, I knew I had to make this myself.
So I looked on line, I asked Christa (Hi!!!!) and I finally come up with this recipe and it tastes pretty darned good if I may say so myself. Eric and Jeff don’t care for it much, so it might actually last for me to drink it…unlike the ice cream, the yogurt, the chips, the cookies, etc…that disappear in the middle of the night.
So here goes…give it a try, and let me know what you think….
3 quarts water – I use Queen Creek well water, you don’t see the third eye on my forehead as I have become a pro at covering it up with make-up
2 1/3 cups sugar – I use the real stuff
3 family size tea bags – I use Lipton
Bring water to a boil, (pick out any dead floating bugs – just kidding) then add sugar, and stir until it dissolves, add the 3 teabags and stir, oops grab those stinkin’ strings before they fall in, that water is dang hot to be reaching in to get them…reminds me to add burn salve on my grocery list….Turn off heat and let sit for 20 minutes. Stir again and pour into a pitcher, I used a plastic Tupperware jug, and had enough left over to actually drink a glass with ice right then, this way you will know if you want to add more sugar to the whole batch, then it will dissolve easier, if it is too sweet then probably add more water. I left the lid tilted a bit and put in in the fridge to cool.
Please note – Christa said if you pour it into a glass jar, it needs to be really cool or the jar will break.
Hope you like it.
Thanks for stopping in!
Tracy Altemose says
You FREAK me out Girlfriend!!! I'm just back from Lunch with my Dad and guess what I had at Lunch that made me think of you!! (now mind you I didn't have the Blog to read before I left, and also didn't understand ANY of your Text Messages till now!) Well I had Raspberry Tea and thought to myself!! Oh Di would love this! So I asked them what kind of Tea Bags they use cause it was Homeade!! They used Bigelow "Red" Raspberry. (important it's the "Red" Raspberry.) So give your Sweet Tea recipe a try with Raspberry Tea too!!!
So funny cause Jessica's Favorite Sweet Tea she buys in the stores is Arizona Sweet Tea. You can get it in large cans (like twices as big as a soda can) in convient Stores or in Gallon Jugs at the Grocery Store!! Give a look for it!
Thanks for my Blog Fix!!!
Hi Di, I found your blog right after the cruise and get a real kick out of it. You make me laugh a lot while I read. But this post about sweet tea has me LOL. I guess because I'm a southern girl born and raised we think sweet tea is a staple of every household. My jaws are hurting thinking about 2 1/3 cups of sugar in 3 qts of water and 3 family size teabags. When I make tea which is at least once a day maybe 2 if it's summer I use a gallon of water to 1 cup of sugar and 2 family size teabags. Even then sometimes hubby says it's too sweet. There is nothing better then a big glass of ice cold sweet tea. Keep the entertaining post coming. I love your wit.
I am SUCH a sweet tea girl. Love it. Places to get it where it's freshly made: Chik-fil-a (yummers!) and Cracker Barrel (yummers again!).
I agree that that is a LOT of sugar. When I make it, I use 1 cup sugar for a gallon on water. I even use less most times. I figure cutting back at all is good for you, right?
Now I must have some. Off to the kitchen!