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 –
- Of Chalks and Chopsticks started by Aqua
- Melt in your Mouth Mondays
- June Summertime Refreshing Drinks
- Veggie/Fruit a Month – Orange
- These Chicks Cooked
- A Themed Baker’s Sunday
- House Favorites – Vegan
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 🙂
That’d be just great, thanks for the holler and the kind words 🙂
You folks are ma-hoo-ssively talented. Thanks for the lovely tips.
Thank you! 🙂
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. 🙂
We came up with this on one such day too! Hope you brew a jugful for yourself the next time you’re hot and humid 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting!
That sounds so delicious! I love the use of cinnamon and star anise – I’m going to have to try that! 🙂
Thank you! We hope you try it soon 🙂
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!
The pleasure is all ours! Thanks for visiting 🙂
Now that summer is here in Washington, this will be yummy! Thanks for sharing withe the Hearth n Soul hop.
You’re welcome! Thanks for coming by with your kind words!
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
I hope to see you there!
Thanks for the invitation!
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/
Wow, we’re delighted! Thanks a bunch!
We’d love for you to share this recipe with us at
Simply Delish Saturday
We’d be happy to, thanks!
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!
You bet it is! 🙂 Thanks, Miz Helen for the thumbs up! We’ll see you around real soon!
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!
Thanks so much, Spicie Foodie! Sending some sunshine your way so you can quickly savor the citrusy goodness of our tea! 🙂 Enjoy your weekend too!
Thanks so much, lovely prose to go with the tea
Thank you for coming by, Sandeepa. We’re looking forward to the Chalks and Chopsticks yarns.
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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! :->
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! 🙂
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!
Thanks ever so much for featuring us, Miz Helen, we’re heading over right now to get that shiny Red Plate 🙂
That looks so good right now. Thanks for sending it over to House Favorites!
Our pleasure, and thanks for the thumbs up on this *in-house* favorite, Claire! 🙂
The House Favorites wrap up has been posted! Come check it out, and thanks again for your entry.
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