Is there anything more refreshing on a hot summer day than a glass of sweet tea filled with ice?
Grandma's sweet tea was made in a precise manner:
Draw fresh water from the spring [don't use any water that's been sitting out overnight!]
Bring a gallon of water to a boil. [Yes, the entire gallon!] As it comes to a full boil, remove from heat [she used a wood stove!], and immediately add 18 tea bags. Yes, 18!!!
Add 2 cups of ganulated sugar. Yes, two! Stir to allow the sugar to dissolve.
Cover the pot and allow to steep with tea bags for a full 20-30 minutes.
When steeping is complete, remove cover from pot, pour tea into a one gallon glass jar [with lid available!]. From this you can pour the tea into your glass filled with ice.
Now this is not complete until you grab a chunk of left over cornbread, and sit on the porch swing an enjoy the two together!
Now THAT is a summertime treat you just can't get in no big city! And a pleasure you can't get from candy bars, bags of chips or soda pops!!!
Grandma Bean and I used to sit on the porch and enjoy this every summer! What a wonderful memory I have of that special time together!!!