Citrusy Sweet Tea, Y’all!

Spoon after spoon stirred in to no avail, the cold tea resists all attempts at sweetening as the sugar settles like a stubborn sludge at the bottom of the jug. A jumble of thoughts swirl up at the sight, remindful of summers spent south of the Mason Dixon Line. Tall pitchers of Sweet Tea, amber and dewy in the humidity, bowls of neon-orange pimento cheese set to be scooped up with the fluted edges of fancy crackers, and the lilt of the Southern drawl..all charmingly beckoning eager wayfarers. There were bags of salty boiled peanuts to be popped open, plump inside their soggy pods..just a bit of onion, lemon and a newspaper cone missing to lure one away to a street back home. In the here and now, it’s another coast, another pot of tea. Shrugging at the undissolved sugar in the first attempt, one turns to a potpourri of mild spices – cinnamon and star anise – and the tang of lemons, to add a kick to the warm and properly sweetened new brew. Once cooled, it is poured over crushed ice and frozen slices of orange, and with every sip, it turns the most oppressive of summer days into a snap..and packs off a medley of sweet scents to ride on the warm, winged-air..

Slice up an orange and freeze the slices. Bring 5 cups of water to a boil and take it off the heat. Steep 1-2 tablespoons of tea leaves or 3 tea bags in the hot water for 3-5 minutes, along with a cinnamon stick, half a star anise and a few strips of lemon peel. Strain the tea, sweeten to taste and allow it to cool to room temperature. Add a squeeze of lime juice and serve topped with the frozen orange slices.

We’re linking up our Citrusy Sweet Tea to -

Nap-Time Creations     Hearth and Soul Hop at Premeditated Leftovers     It's a Keeper    Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

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33 Responses to Citrusy Sweet Tea, Y’all!

  1. Ali says:

    That is beautiful! Love that you used crushed ice, it looks so delicious.

    If you are interested, I’d love for you to submit this to my refreshing Summer drinks roundup over at my blog. (Link is in my sidebar) Have a great week :)

  2. Geetali says:

    You folks are ma-hoo-ssively talented. Thanks for the lovely tips.

  3. Alea says:

    This sounds so incredibly refreshing! I enjoy sweetening my tea with juice, but you have taken the concept to a whole new level! This sounds particularly refreshing because I just came back from visiting my Dad in Kansas where it was 92 degrees with 84% humidity. I didn’t want to move; I just wanted to lay under the ceiling fan drinking sweet tea. :)

  4. Tegan says:

    That sounds so delicious! I love the use of cinnamon and star anise – I’m going to have to try that! :)

  5. Candace says:

    What a refreshing drink! I think everything is better with crushed ice. Thanks for sharing your recipe! I look forward to giving it a try!

  6. Now that summer is here in Washington, this will be yummy! Thanks for sharing withe the Hearth n Soul hop.

  7. Sheryl says:

    This is what I need on a hot summers day! Thanks! I would love it if you came over and linked up to Cast Party Wednesday. I have a great collection of recipes going and yours would be a PERFECT addition! http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!

  8. emily says:

    Oh my I love sweet tea! thanks for linking up to tasty tuesday! Just wanted to let you know I’ll be featuring you next week. Come by and grab a button! http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/

  9. KB says:

    Looks delish!

    We’d love for you to share this recipe with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

  10. Miz Helen says:

    Oh yeah, that’s a glass of tea!! Just go on and bring me a whole pitcher of that, it looks delicious.
    Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and I look forward to seeing you again real soon.
    Have a great week end!
    Miz Helen

  11. Oh sweet summer tea how I love thee :) Love this post and your refreshing tea recipe. Can’t wait for a really hot summer day to make it. Have a great weekend!

  12. BongMom says:

    Thanks so much, lovely prose to go with the tea

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  14. Cheryl B. says:

    Hi :-)
    I followed your link over from Miz Helen’s ‘Full Plate Thursday’, thinking only that this sounded like something our daughter-in-love might like. After reading your ‘recipe’, I’m sure she will. But the neat part here is, while I came only thinking of her, I thourally enjoyed reading this posting! I enjoyed your writing style and the mental pictures it produced. Thanks for a double win! :->

    • Tadka Pasta says:

      So glad to hear that because the writing is our big USP! :) Glad to have to come by, Cheryl, and hope your d-i-l likes this sweet tea as much as you did! :)

  15. Miz Helen says:

    Congratulations!
    You are featured on Full Plate Thursday this week! You are welcome to stop by and pick up a Red Plate if you like. Have a wonderful week end!
    Miz Helen

  16. Claire says:

    That looks so good right now. Thanks for sending it over to House Favorites!

  17. Claire says:

    The House Favorites wrap up has been posted! Come check it out, and thanks again for your entry.

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