Monday, July 2, 2012

Monday Musings - Summertime and Iced Tea

 
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Iced Tea and summer go hand in hand. It is difficult to imagine one without the other, in fact it just may be some type of crime. That probably is not true up north, but in the south, it is just downright disrespectful and wrong. I am truly concerned about the character of a person that does not drink iced tea. Perhaps their disposition and character could be greatly improved by this beverage. If you have rocking chairs on your porch, then you need a glass of iced tea to go with them, and a few moments to stop and enjoy that cool glass of deliciousness. A pitcher of this heavenly drink is made daily at our house. The problem is this, my husband claims that someone apparently sneaks into our house in the summer and drinks all of our tea. It obviously is not him drinking all of the tea. Whoever this person is, they take the last brownie, cookie, slice of cake, and get the very last scoop of ice cream too. I am only guessing, but the tea bandit probably looks exactly like my husband. We have a swing on our front porch, and that gentle swinging motion causes iced tea to taste even better. It is the same way with a rocking chair. If a cool breeze is blowing while you are doing either, the tea is more refreshing. A carbonated drink just does not quench your thirst in the same way. Sweet tea is often called the house wine of the south because it is served everywhere. It is hard to find a home where iced tea is not served. Iced tea is served at our house in Mason jars. It is my personal belief that this affects the taste of the tea. Each cook has their own method of making tea; the time for steeping varies as does the choice of sweetener, and each person’s tea tastes different. Whatever the preferred method, each cook knows how the tea should taste. As for Kevin and me, we will enjoy our iced deliciousness on the front porch in the swing. Blow the horn if you see us out there. I would offer you a glass but those tea bandits have probably drank it all if my husband is around. So if you drop by, just make sure you brought your own tea.

14 comments:

  1. This is such a cute post! At my house iced tea goes with summer, winter, spring, and fall. I am one of the few of enjoys my tea perfectly brewed with no sweetner at all! I have to admit it does taste better in the summer. Soda is not a favorite of mine at all! I never drink it. The occasional coke at Sonic is all the soda I can handle. One thing I never run out of at our house is ice tea sized tea bags--I make sure! Being low on tea here is an emergency!

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    1. Yes!!! If you are low on tea here that is a definite emergency!!! We drink it all year long too, but summer is the best time!!! Thanks Sandy!!!

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  2. I grew up drinking sweet iced tea and still love it! Gotta have some lemon with it too! With it being so hot outside, iced tea sounds perfect right now.

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    1. I agree, the severe heat is a good reason to slowly sip a big glass full!!! Thanks Kelly!!!

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  3. Those two glasses of tea could have been sitting on my porch for all I know. They look just the way I like it.
    We call our tea glasses..."Pickle Crystal"
    ...meaning, we drink our tea from a pickle jar!

    don't you love it? Pat

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    1. Love that term, "Pickle Crystal"!!! Tea tastes better in those "fancy" glasses!!! Yes, I do love it!!! Thanks Pat!!!

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  4. Mine drinks all the tea too. But he won't admit to it either. We live in California. Do you know how hard it is to find sweet tea. Mc Donalds sweet tea is not tea. It's just watered sugar.

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    1. Oh no, the tea bandits hit your house too!!! Don't you just hate going to the fridge and pulling out an empty pitcher?

      have never tried the tea at McDonald's, have heard that it was super sweet. Guess that appeals to a younger generation.

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  5. Part of my morning ritual is making fresh iced tea for the day. Happy July 4th to you and yours!

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    1. That is a requirement at my house too! Thanks Jane!!!

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  6. There will be plenty of "southern house wine" flowing tomorrow at our house! Happy 4th to you and your family, Melanie!

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  7. I love this post Melanie -- we are north - well, at least north of you and we are all about the iced tea -- mostly year-round but for sure in the good old summertime. We like it strong with plenty of ice and NO sweetener -- guess that is our northern-ness showing :)

    Happy 4th!

    Blessings!
    Gail

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    1. I just can't imagine how we would survive these hot south GA summers without it!!! It is hard enought with iced tea!!!

      You must have some southern roots to drink it!! LOL!!

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