Yankee Iced Tea
Now tell me, what is a transplanted southern girl supposed to do when she
I can already hear my british readers gagging politely behind their hands at the thought of an ice-cube sullying lovely hot tea that should be drunk up with milk in it, or at the least some lemon. But that is because the Brits live in a country with nice mild summer weather.
Every good (bad, and ugly) southerner knows that one of the best defenses against oppressive summer heat and humidity is a big pitcher of icy tea that was sweetened while still hot and steeping. Adding sugar to iced tea when it is already iced is nothing short of a criminal offense. For one thing, it doesn't really sweeten the tea. No those little crystal just fall to the bottom of the glass and swirl around your spoon like a mini-snowstorm which, while bringing wintery images to mind, does nothing to correctly sweeten the tea nor give the proper cooling effect when consumed. The importance of correctly sweetening the tea cannot be underestimated. In fact, the tea should not even be consumed immediately following disolving the (two cups per pitcher please) sugar into the hot tea and cooling. Do not immediately add ice-cubes and drink. Noooooo. The tea must be chilled in the refridgerator for at least several hours and preferably overnight! This is why you will always find several pitchers of tea in the refridgerator of a proper southern household --the one at the front is for now and ready, so please help yourself; the one right behind it is readying itself for the emergency replacement when the first is done; and the one at the very back has been freshly brewed and has an invisible "don't open for hours" sticker on it. The longer the tea is chilled the better it tastes as the bitterness of the tea mellows over time as the sugar and coldness do their magic. And properly brewed southern sweet tea is magic indeed.
It is not nearly as hot and humid here in Tel Aviv as in the deep south where I grew up but it is hot enough for sweet tea to be a neccessity.
Ema --bring the Luzianne when you come --the entire warehouse of it!!!