We recently took our family skiing in Colorado. Let’s just say, I think I could write a book about the entire journey! One little funny thing, EVERY time we went out for dinner, my kids asked for sweet tea. My hubs and I just chuckled because we know very well that delightful concoction is served only south of the Mason Dixon line. Since we have never driven west of Alabama, we’re not quite sure where the western boundary of sweet tea service is. I’m pretty sure we’d be safe in Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Does anybody know if you can get sweet tea in Texas or Oklahoma? I’m guessing probably so. I’m thinking it pretty much dries up when you get to New Mexico and Kansas.
So, if that’s the case, why?Did they run out of sugar? Did the early settlers with Southern upbringing just stop and say, “I ain’t going that far?” Did they go and come back to avoid any Yankee neighbors? I remember driving north with my Mother In Law early in my marriage( remember I married a Yankee), and having a similar experience as my kids. When I couldn’t get sweet tea, they’d offer iced tea and a little container of sugar packets. Any southerner knows that dog won’t hunt. The dang sugar won’t melt! If you did not grow up watching your momma make Sweet Tea, you can learn from mine.
2 family sized Lipton tea bags( or 4-5 regular size)
1 cup sugar
I personally prefer Lipton’s Tea. Why? Because that’s what my Momma gets! Fill a medium sauce pan with water, bring to a boil. Add the tea bags and turn off , and let it steep for about 30 minutes. You don’t want to boil the bags , they tend to break and the tea leaves get all in the water..not so tasty. Bowling the bags will also make the tea bitter. Pour the sugar and the hot tea into your favorite pitcher. Stir until sugar melts. If you are just dying for a glass, fill the glass with as much ice as will fit and pour the sweet tea over. You can leave the pitcher on the counter during the day. My Momma and grandmothers made a fresh pitcher every day. I must say that both of my Grandmothers made their’s so sweet I had to cut it with a little water. I also admit that I made the transition to just 1/2 sweet and 1/2 unsweet. My favorite place to get my tea if I’m out and about is Chick-Fil-A…of course, they say “Yes ma’am” too!