My "back porch" is my kitchen, my favorite room in the house. Come on in, the coffee is fresh, and I just made a pitcher of sweet tea. The cookies will be out in a minute. I have over 40 years of recipes to share with you, along with my opinion on everything. Oh my, you are right, it is cocktail time. What can I get you? Of course I can make you a Mint Julep! Stop by anytime, something is always cooking, and the back door is never locked.

Bon Appetit, Y'all

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Best Iced Tea Ever

Of course you know this is "sweet tea". I have no idea how many sweet tea recipes I've tried. This one I found in a wonderful Southern cookbook, Dori Sanders' Country Cooking. I made this for the first time yesterday and as far as I'm concerned this is it, the one I'll make from now on. Make ssure to remove the rind from the lemon (a potato peeler makes it easy) before squeezing out the juice.

Best Iced Tea Ever
makes 2 quarts
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1 "running over" cup of sugar
2 quarts cold water
the juice and rind (in strips) of 2 lemons
5 regular tea bags

1. Combine the sugar, water, and lemon juice in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

2. Add the lemon rind and tea bags, cover the pan, and allow to steep 20 minutes.

3. Strain the tea into a large pitcher, chill, and serve over ice.


  1. Yum, I love the rind part! I think that would add such a great burst of flavor.

  2. this just became my permanent iced tea too!

  3. Bev, I've been having problems commenting on your blog -- hopefully this one comes through.

    I can't even begin to think of iced tea yet. We received 3 more inches of snow last night.


  4. I drink iced tea all winter. I have been having problems with posting and receiving comments. I hope it will be better in a day or so. Sorry! I have no idea what's going on.

  5. Iced yea is one of those beverages you could drink all the time. I like mine with either lemon or raspberry. YUM!

  6. Well, you revolutionized my salmon cakes. Perhaps you can do the same with my iced tea. I love tea and I love lemon, but I have trouble sometimes getting it sweet enough and strong enough. I have a feeling this will do the trick.

  7. Sweet tea is a staple in our house. I like the lemon rind in this recipe.


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