Southern-Style Sweet Tea

I admit, although I am not from the South, I am very partial to southern sweet tea. It is always a treat for me when we travel down south, to stop at MickeyD’s for a sweet tea…..YUM! So, with much trial and error, and consulting with my Southern Belle friend Meg, I came up with this concoction. It satisfies my longing for the delicious nectar of the South. My second daughter is especially fond of this too.

Southern-Style Sweet Tea
2 cups water
6 tea bags (Luzianne is the best!)
1 cup  sugar

Bring water to a boil.
Pour over tea bags and steep for 3-4 minutes.
Stir in sugar until dissolved completely.
Pour into gallon pitcher. Add cold water to fill to 1 gallon.

Yields 2 cups of syrup for 1 gallon of tea

Since I now follow a no-to-low-sugar lifestyle, this can be made with Splenda in place of the sugar and it doesn’t seem to make any difference in the taste. I found packets of concentrated Splenda to sweeten 1/2 gallon containers near the Kool-Aid display in my grocery store. 2 of those packets for 1 gallon of tea works well too.

Spiced Tea

Autumn! I love this season. I love the colors, the scents, the crisp clean air. As the heat and humidity of summer gives way to the cooler, dryer days and nights of autumn, I am drawn to change my menu plans. I tend to serve foods that are heartier, stick-to-your-ribs fare. And iced tea gives way to hot spiced tea. I received this recipe from my first pastor’s wife (I didn’t go to church until I was 18, when I was saved). She served this after a hay-ride many, many years ago. I loved it and begged her for the recipe. Now I’m happy to share this with you.

Spiced Tea Mix

1 cup Instant Lemon Tea (unsweetened)
1 cup Tang
1/2 cup sugar (for sweet tea, increase this to 2 1/2 cups)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves

Mix the dry ingredients and store in an airtight container. Use 2 1/2 to 3 rounded teaspoons to a mug of hot water for hot spiced tea.

Join Sally at A Gracious Home for more ideas to celebrate autumn.

Day 23 of 25 Recipes of Christmas: Hot Spiced Cider


Hot Spiced Cider

1 gallon apple cider
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon allspice
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 3″ sticks cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Place cider in electric percolator or crockpot. Put remaining ingredients in percolator basket. Perk. If using crockpot, put remaining ingredients in a several layers of cheesecloth and secure. Add to crockpot and heat on low overnight. Serve hot in mugs.

Day 11 of 25 recipes of Christmas: Hot Chocolate Mix

Few drinks say Christmas Season to me better than this.

Hot Chocolate Mix

1 box non-fat dry milk (8qt size)
1 Pound box powdered sugar (or a bit less to to taste)
1 large box instant chocolate pudding mix
1 small box instant chocolate pudding mix
1 container  Nesquick chocolate milk mix
1 container Coffee Creamer — (I use french vanilla but use whatever your taste is)

Combine all in very large bowl using slotted spoon. Store in tightly sealed container or  ziploc bags. To serve: use 1/4 cup mix to 6-8 oz of HOT water…or to taste.

You could also change the pudding flavors for different tastes or add ‘extra’ ingredients such as mini marshmallows, crushed peppermints or a dash of cinnamon. I like to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to make it even more creamy.