When I asked my son what he thought I should put on my blog, this is how the conversation went:
Mom: Hey buddy, do you have something in mind that I should put on my blog? Maybe something that is your favorite?
Boy: My Momma’s Famous Sweet Tea.
Mom: Umm, well, I will have to see about that. Anything else?
Boy: Well, mom, all little boys should have great sweet tea made by their momma’s. I am a lucky kid!
Here’s a picture of that lucky, tea lovin’ kid and his lucky momma!
Well, after that exchange my heart was full and how could I not share my technique for making sweet iced tea. I may have my “southern lady” card plucked out of my wallet if I say this, but… I do not drink tea. I just dont care for the taste. GASP!!! I know, I know! It is terrible of me. I had to learn how to make sweet tea. I didn’t like it, so I never made it growing up. Then I met The Husband. He loves it! Then we had The Boy. He Loves it, too. So, even though I do not like tea, I make a lot of it.
The Boy and his dad have called my tea “Momma’s Famous Sweet Tea” for as long as I can remember. I’m not sure who made it famous or whom it is famous among, but I even have a sign in my kitchen that claims that love and sweet tea are served daily. I once grumbled about making tea and was told if I didn’t it would be unethical! I politely smiled and thought to myself…EXCUSE ME, HAVE SOME WATER! But, the sign! My husband pointed to the sign, with a huge smile and claimed it would be deception in advertising! So off I go, happy as can be, that my family loves me and my sweet tea…
- I use a gallon of bottled water, we have well water and it does not taste the best. A gallon of water will turn into a gallon of tea.
- Pour 6 cups of water in a microwave safe glass bowl or pitcher.
- Put 4 family sized tea bags in the water
- Place water and tea bags in the microwave and cook on high for 4 minutes
- Let the water and tea bags steep (just hang out and sit there) for about 20 minutes (sometimes more or less, depending on my time schedule).
- Pour the tea into your serving pitcher. I love this one: http://www.pamperedchef.com/ordering/prod_details.tpc?prodId=29280&words=pitcher
- Add 2 cups of sugar, yup 2 cups! Your tea should be still pretty warm, which will make the sugar dissolve wonderfully.
- Add the other 10 cups of water and stir again! and then a little more stiring…
- Fill up a glass with ice and pour yourself a glass of Momma’s Famous Sweet Tea. Enjoy!