Sweet Tea, that is. This is the time of year when the spring starts calling my name and I long for a glass of sweet tea like Granny used to make. The days start getting longer and everything is coming to life and I just want to play outside and have a glass of tea. Granny was always busy in the kitchen and there was always sweet tea, but back then we just called it tea. I liked mine with some fresh mint torn and put into the bottom of the glass (or jar). That mint grew in the cracks of her concrete back steps and stoop every year, a volunteer plant… It was just the best!
12 regular sized tea bags
pinch of baking soda
1 quart fresh water
1 quart ice cubes
1 1/4 cups Simple Syrup (below)
Place teabags and a pinch of baking soda in large heatproof glass pitcher. You are going to be pouring hot water in there and if your glass pitcher is not heatproof it will crack. I know this from experience. Now I always put a metal spoon in the pitcher to conduct the heat and keep the glass from breaking. Just another tip from my granny.
Bring water to rolling boil in saucepan and immediately pour over tea bags. Make sure tea bags are submerged. Cover pitcher with a cloth and let steep for 7 minutes. Remove tea bags (don’t squeeze) and discard.
Stir in Simple Syrup.
Add ice and stir until ice melts.
Serve over ice with fresh mint if you have any.
Bring one cup of water and one cup of sugar to boil in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Boil approximately one minute or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Now, go sit outside, catch your breath, catch a sunset, and when it gets warm enough… catch a lightning bug! From the Salt Rox Family to yours…. Enjoy!