Can you spot the sweet tea?
(Also, for true Southern roulette, these could also be in matching crystal or red solo cups.)
Since I’ve lived in the South for almost a decade, I decided recently that I needed to attempt to expand my repertoire of Southern dishes. And I had never made sweet tea. I’d seen it done once or twice, so obviously, I can do it. I’m good in the kitchen like that. And just in case you need to know, I’m going to share my super-secret, ultra-effective method of making the kind of sweet tea that Jackson’s momma might call mediocre.
(I grew up in Illinois. I’m doing my best here, people.)
Gather your ingredients.
Apparently Luzianne is the Southern tea of choice. I had Barry’s. (From Ireland.) Also needed: water (duh), sugar (duh) and baking soda (huh?). (On the baking soda – the internet told me so. And we all know the internet never lies.)
Boil a couple cups of sugar in a couple cups of water, then pour over your tea bags. (The internet also says you’ll make your tea too bitter if you boil your bags.)
Steep. (The internet had this big argument with itself over how long to steep it, so I say, go with your gut.)
Splatter sticky tea concentrate all over yourself when you remove the bags from the water. Sometimes it’s best to not squeeze that last bit of water from the tea bag. Especially with two spoons. Especially if you didn’t want to take a bath.
Or start a new trend called “Tea Stained Shirts.” AKA, “Tea Shirts.”
Strip off your shirt in the kitchen. Rinse it. Make your husband’s day when he walks in and finds you shirtless. Ruin his day when you point out the children are awake, and he needs to watch them while you take a shower.
(No, you don’t get a picture.)
Top the tea concentrate off with a few cups of cold water, cool, then pour and drink.
And do not confuse your sweet tea with your unsweet tea. Because that, my friends, is how you lose at Southern Roulette.