Wednesday, August 12, 2009

southern sweet tea with a twist

I am Southern, so that means a few things. I say fixin' to and y'all. I call anyone a minute older than me ma'am. I watch college football on Saturdays religiously, and when I can't I get updates (for example on my wedding day I got text messages on the score of a game while getting ready - in Mexico no less). I answer questions with "yes, sir" and "no, sir" even to people in my own family. I think just about anything is better fried, especially the veggies from the garden in the yard. And, I LOVE sweet tea. I seriously went through withdrawal when I lived in D.C. during law school. However, I also like to mix things up a bit. So here is my twist on a southern classic - citrus mint sweet tea.

Simply brew your tea according to the directions (or for extra points make sun tea). Then while the water is still hot, slice an orange and put it in the pitcher. This is also the time to add in real sugar if you are going full tilt on the sweet tea. About one cup will do. Let this cool in the fridge for an hour or two. Then add in fresh mint (from your herb garden, if you are a green girl) and muddle the mix. You can strain the mint and oranges out when you serve it over ice, or you can just leave them in the glass as I do. If you didn't use sugar you can now stir in any artificial sweetener.

Hope y'all like it!


  1. As soon as I am done with my cleanse (no caffeine), I am so there. I love sweet tea, deep fried things and okra. I call people Miss and Mr. and love football (but the Packers, not college ball). I make grits for myself whenever I am blue. How is it that I am not from the South?

  2. I don't know, Ivy, you sound pretty southern to me. You are welcome anytime!

  3. Being southern is so much fun! I could relate to all of your traits in the first paragraph - too funny. The tea looks great and I love the variation from the basic sweet tea.


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