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[Posted by: farmgirl5631]I would love tea recipes for summer...... thought maybe you all would have some to share! I'd appreciate any, Sun Tea, Peach, Sweet Tea. I know I have the internet but everyone in here has tried and true! Thanks so much, Happy Memorial Day!

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Date: May 19, 2009 09:06PM

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Posted by: duomom (IP

Posted by: duomom (IP Logged)
Date: May 19, 2009 11:27PM

I am not big on the fruit tea for an all the time drink so I just stick to sweet and unsweetened here at the house. For 1 gallon I use 2 or 3 Luisianne family size tea bags (depending on my mood). I put the tea bags in a 4 cup microwave safe measuring cup of water in the microwave for 4 minutes. Let steep for 10 minutes or so after that. Pour the tea in a gallon jug, top off with water and add 1 cup of sugar. You may like it sweeter.

In the last few months I have gone sugarless. The family complains, but I am the one that makes it and I usually go through almost 2 gallons a day by myself. When I have green tea bags on hand I use half green tea bags and half regular tea bags.

I always keep a container of sliced lemons in the fridge ready to go too. My grandmother puts Country Time lemonade in the gallon mix. I am not sure of the ratio but it really gives it a different twist. Sometimes she uses the other flavors of Country Time in it too.

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Posted by: Elsie in Ohio (IP

Posted by: Elsie in Ohio (IP Logged)
Date: May 21, 2009 06:43PM

I live on this stuff. I do not drink coffee or soda pop or juices. This is what I drink............

Make a simple syrup by:
Put one cup of sugar and one cup of water in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Add this to a gallon of tea to sweeten it. The sugar melts in the water so you don't have that "gritty" taste from the sugar.

To make tea:
Put 8 regular or 4 family tea bags in 8 cups of water. Bring to a boil and immediately cover and remove from heat. Let sit for an hour or so. Pour into your pitcher with the simple syrup and add water to fill your gallon container.

Now that is Southern Sweet Tea :-)

Elsie ./.

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Posted by: Rinnelle (IP

Posted by: Rinnelle (IP Logged)
Date: May 30, 2009 01:27PM

Plain tea is what I grab, and sometimes I can get fancy.

I'll toss some bags of Celestial Seasonings Fruit Zingers in there.

And from Lipton Kitchens, a tea-flavored orange juice drink:

2 cups OJ
2 cups water
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp Instant Tea (or 2 cups brewed cold tea)
2 tsp lemon juice

Sometimes I just plop a small scoop of orange sherbert into my tea.


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Posted by: htrebel123 (IP

Posted by: htrebel123 (IP Logged)
Date: May 30, 2009 10:13PM

Southern Sweet Tea

2 family sized tea bags
2 cups white granulated sugar

Take about 6 cups cold fresh water, put into a sauce pan / pot, place the 2 tea bags into water and turn on medium high. Bring to a rapid boil and let boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let sit about 10 - 15 minutes. While the steeped tea is still hot put 2 cups sugar into a gallon pitcher / jug, pour the hot steeped tea into the gallon pitcher / jug and finish filling with water. Stir real good and serve in glasses filled with crushed / cubed ice.

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Southern Sweet Tea

This is the way I make mine,almost.It's the way most everyone does it here. I let my water comes to a boil then add the tea bags and then reduce the heat so that only a few bubbles come up around the bags.I let this simmer for about 3 minutes,take off the heat,cover for 15 or 20 minutes and then pour it in the jug with the 2 cups of sugar and add cold water to fill.

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Posted by: sussexman (IP

Posted by: sussexman (IP Logged)
Date: August 2, 2009 03:51PM

Please excuse me for interupting but who on earth taught you to make tea?
The correct way is first warm whatever container you are making the tea in, I use a tea pot, then place the tea in the pot and pour in Boiling water, cover the container to stop it loosing heat. Allow to stand for the tea to brew. The longer youleave it the stronger it will be. When ready pour into a cup or mug, add sugar and or milk to taste and then you will enjoy tea as it should be drank. Not with fruity additives just tea.
Colin (sussexman)

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When you go around the World


When you go around the World, you will find that "Tea" can be made a variety of ways, with a variety of tastes.

Here in Canada, and I suspect in the USA also, Green Tea is supposed to be very healthy for you, and sales have imcreased very quickly. I think that it tastes awful, never mind what healthy things I will be doing to my body from drinking the stuff.

I, too, enjoy a fruity tea, with sometimes a little sugar to taste, because I am supposed to stay away from dairy products, so am unable to enjoy "English Tea" as I used to. I don't like drinking black regular tea!!

Each to their own - remember !!


Posted by: PJ (IP Logged)
Date: August 2, 2009 04:52PM

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The reason you don't boil tea

The reason you don't boil tea is that it brings out the tannic acid that is in tea. This I am told is not really good for you.
As to green tea, I must agree it tastes revolting, whether it is good for you is a matter of opinion. I suspect it is the same stable who says all organic food is good for you without qualifying that the way it is produced is of more importance.
Twinnings produce many flavoured teas but not one advocates putting it in cold water and heating as it defeats the object of the tea production and blending. As for instant tea if you like tea that has been made and then freeze dried so be it.
I wish you all many happy years of tea drinking, but you should try my method at least once, if you don't want to add sugar or milk then a tot of whiskey is quite pleasant.
PS I drink 4 cups of tea with my breakfast and that is only the start.

Posted by: sussexman (IP Logged)
Date: August 3, 2009 04:26PM

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Can't touch alcohol either

Can't touch alcohol either due to all the medications and painkillers Colin.

No Caffeine, no .........

Ah well,
all the no's - and abiding by them - just may contribute to giving me an extra 5 seconds in this lifetime !!


Posted by: PJ (IP Logged)
Date: August 4, 2009 05:42AM

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I was brought up on sun tea,

I was brought up on sun tea, just use a couple of family size tea bags to put in a 1 gallon glass jar full of water and leave in the sun on a warm sunny day,,,,the problem for me is now that I have non-chlorinated well water, if I make sun tea, I often get algae growing in it,,,,not to mention the sulfur makes it gross tasting after it gets warm.

Posted by: Larry (IP Logged)
Date: August 4, 2009 03:22PM

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Gee larry, Antibiotics,

Gee larry,

Antibiotics, vegetables and a warm drink all in one.

The Original Smoothie !!


Take out a patent and advertise it on a website promoting the true value of "Organic Foods" !!!



Posted by: PJ (IP Logged)
Date: August 4, 2009 04:35PM

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I don't like green tea either

I don't like green tea either but I have started using it with the black tea bags for iced tea. We don't boil the bags because it makes the tea bitter but have started letting it steep for much longer the the 5 or so minutes we used to. We add sugar and/or Splenda depending on whether we have it or not. We have started drinking it with lemon and when they got to costly, we started buying Realmon. There are as many ways to make it as there are people drinking it.

I agree with Colin about the hot tea but since I am the only one that drinks it here, I just make it in my mug. I used to drink Earl Gray, and still do sometimes, but mostly Twinnings English Breakfast but usually only during cold weather. If I have a cold and/or sore throat, I will put honey, lemon and a sliver or two of fresh ginger.

I used to have a tea egg that I used with lose tea but am too lazy now so just use the bags. Besides, I can't find the egg. I also have the little one cup silver strainer that you use to pour the tea from the 6 cup pot when using lose tea but that is company ware, ;-).

It gets just TOO HOT here in the south to drink a lot of hot drinks in the summer and we drink at least a gallon of sweet, ICED tea a day. More if I am working in the garden or yard and sweat a lot.

Whether it is hot or cold, we never boil our tea but use only boiling water over the tea.

Posted by: Mitzy (IP Logged)
Date: August 6, 2009 09:59AM

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I love sweet tea

I have a saucepan that is only for tea. I don't use it for anything else. I boil the water in a kettle and pour over the tea bags,pop on the lid and let steep for at least 30 mins. sometimes I have forgotten it and steeped for half the day!
Don't squeeze put the tea bags either, it makes the tea more bitter.

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No Hasle Southern Sweet Tea

I've made my sweet tea in my coffee brewer for years. One full pot of water and three family size tea bags. (No coffee filter needed tea bag is the filter). Just place the tea bags in the filter holder flat and even stacked on top of each other. Brew full pot and let sit on warmer for 10 to 30 min. Put one and 3/4th cup of sugar in gallon pitcher and a pinch of baking soda. Most people keep a box in the fridge for odor control just grab a pinch from it and drop in with sugar. pour brewed pot in pitcher stir and fill up with cold tap water while stirring, and let sit for 10 to 20 min. before putting in fridge. I have a wooden spoon I use just for stirring tea. You don't want a grease film on top of your tea so don't use cooking spoons. I get lots of complements on it. You can use two cups of sugar if you like it a little sweeter.

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making tea

Youngin',the best way to make tea is to make it the way you like it.What ever tastes good to you, is the way you should drink it.

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