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Monday, April 2

the perfect glass of sweet tea

Welcome to All in the Detail... I am so glad you are here! 


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Truth be told - I’ve been bit by the Spring Fever bug - BIT BAD. So I was thinking... since I've recently been giving suggestions on the design of interiors and exteriors for the seasonal change… while don’t I offer a cool refreshing drink for us to sip on while enjoying our new ‘warm weather’ digs?

Nothing says warm weather like an ice cold glass of Sweet Tea. "Well, of course, here in the South, Dawlin’,  we drink our Sweet Tea all year long" {this being said with a veeeery proper Southern drawl}.  Sweet iced tea is one of those delicious flavors that just makes the summer time seem worth while. It has all of the caffeine of soda, but with none of the artificial junk. Iced Tea is natural and infinitely cheap.


Here’s a recipe for the perfect glass of Iced Sweet Tea

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6 to 8 single tea bags (caffeine or caffeine-free)
1 quart hot water (4 cups)
1 quart cold water (4 cups)
1/2+ cup sugar (sweeten to taste)

Take a 2-quart size sauce pan and put the hot water in it to bring it to a boil. Add tea bags. Remove the pan from the heat, and allow it to steep for 10 minutes. No more, no less. Set the timer. If the tea sits too long, it will extract bitter elements from the tea leaves, making the finished product taste horrible. If it doesn’t sit long enough, it won’t be strong enough to give you the caffeine jolt which iced tea is known for. When the time is up, remove the tea bags and toss them into the garbage, they have served their purpose. Put the sugar in a pitcher, and pour the hot tea over. Stir to dissolve the sugar and add the cold water. The cold water acts as a buffer and starts the cooling process of the tea. Place the pitcher in the fridge to cool further or, if you just can't wait any longer, it can be poured directly into a glass filled to the brim with ice. I prefer mine without the lemon... but this is only a personal preference.

The nicest thing about this recipe is that it makes the perfect sweet tea every single time, dawlin'.