Southern sweet tea with a twist

I’ve gotten obsessed with the southern drink Sweet Tea (known as Ice tea in pretty much the rest of the world) and drink it every day . In the Southern U.S it comes in many different varieties and every household have their own recipe. It’s simple and inexpensive to make so you can always have a pitcher around to serve guests.  “ According to Wiki; In the early 1900s, sweet tea was an item of luxury used as an exhibition of wealth due to the expensive nature of tea, ice, and sugar.Ice was possibly the most valued of the ingredients since it had to be shipped from afar at a time when access to cool drinking water was already a relative luxury.
So make this recipe and enjoy your little every-day homemade luxury.  The best thing with home made sweet drinks is that you can control how sugary you’d like your drink.  The classic tea is made with black teabags, sugar, water and sometimes a couple of lemon wedges. I made a twist using rooibos tea and diluted it with ginger ale instead of water, but of course it can be made with black tea instead of rooibos if you desire or even green tea. Rooibos just gives a “lighter” feeling.

2 cup cold water
2 cup ginger ale
1/2 cup sugar
7 rooibos tea bags
1 orange
2 limes

Pour 3 cups of cold water into a pan and bring to a boil. Add the teabags and boil for one minute. Take the pan of the heat, cover, and steep for further 10 minutes. Then remove the teabags and add the sugar, stir to dissolve and let cool completely.
When the tea has cooled down, pour into a big pitcher and add slices of lime and orange. When time to serve, add ginger ale and pour over a glass full of ice.
Enjoy on a sunny balcony for a true summer feeling.


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