It’s been hot here. Really hot. I’m pretty sure it’s been hot near you, too. When the heat index broke 100, I started craving something extra thirst-quenchy (possibly not a word). Plus, when the afternoon rolls around and I’ve been dealing with an entire morning of this, a beverage with a caffeine boost is appealing.
I have very fond memories as a kid of my mom making a kind of sweet tea during the summer and I texted her for the recipe. It’s not like The South kind of sweet tea which, since I live here now, seems to be super sugary and strong. More like a modified and dignified Midwest kind of sweet tea. It’s very refreshing and light.
I definitely don’t remember my Mom making this tea available often. I think, as with all things containing sugar, she doled it out sparingly. That and the caffeine. Always wise to keep kids you have to hang out with all day long away from the caffeine.
(Makes sense now that I’m thinking about it since I’m writing this wide awake at midnight. So, you know, make this decaf if regular sleep is more your thing.)
ANYWAY, here is the recipe for my Mom’s Slightly Sweet Tea. Which, as it turns out she tells me, came from one of her friends from Ohio. So, here is the recipe for my Mom’s Friend’s Slightly Sweet Tea (possibly not punctuated correctly).
Bring 4 teabags* in 2 and 1/2 cups cold water to a boil
Turn to low and steep for a few minutes
Add 2/3 cup sugar and stir until dissolved
Cool and then add 2 quarts water and the juice of 1 lemon
* My sister says this is better with green tea but she’s older than me and probably just trying to be bossy so I’m sticking with regular tea.
**My other sister (still older than me/no blog) would find a way to add spirits to this and that’s why she’s a really good sister to have.