Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wine & Dine Wednesday

The heat is here!

 Warmer days are here to stay and while I love a good wine this southern girl also loves a glass of sweet iced tea! And what better way to enjoy the summer than sitting on the deck sipping on a cold glass of tea with mint.

Many many many years ago while in Las Vegas I realized that not everywhere makes tea the way we do here in the south.

So for those of you who have never been to the south or don't know how to make sweet iced is how I do it! (I know this isn't life changing but I'm sharing anyway!)

First, I begin by filling a pot with water and add 2 tea bags, bring to a boil. In the meantime, add one cup of sugar to a gallon pitcher.

Let cool slightly. Then remove tea bags and pour tea into pitcher (make sure it is still warm enough to dissolve the sugar). Stir to dissolve sugar and then add enough water to fill the pitcher then stir again. Or you can make a double batch on the stove and not add any water but this will make your tea really strong, which is still really good by the way. But, I usually go the first route and add water to my pitcher. You can also add more or less sugar depending on your taste.

Pour your tea over ice and add in washed mint leaves for a mint flavor. Of course you can leave the mint out if you like. Or you may add a lemon wedge if you prefer.

So glad summer is here!!

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