Sweet Tea

Friday, May 20, 2011

With John still traipsing around the South, I have a hankering for a bit of Southern sweet. The first thing I reach for? Sweet tea, of course!

Amended for my darling Southern readers who hate sweet tea:
While John's family likes their tea well-sugared and I think at least one aunt may live on the stuff (Hi, Aunt Jenny!), I prefer mine with more of a bite, and always use just a bit of honey or agave syrup instead. I've made a dent in the pitcher of iced tea in our fridge, but I'm sure the moment John gets home tomorrow that it'll all be gone!

For those of you looking for your Friday cocktail, fear not! Add 1 1/2 oz of vodka and you're enjoying an Ice Pick, or throw in lemonade too and you'll be sipping on a John Daly cocktail, the alcoholic version of the classic Arnold Palmer!

Tell me, what are your plans for this weekend? Cheers, ya'll!

Photo by Ashley Garmon.

43 comments:

  1. Yum!
    No plans so far, it's been a busy week so I think I'l just relax x)

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  3. Confession time: I'm a bona fide southerner, but I don't like iced tea (sweet or unsweet -- my mama, a Tennessee gal, only drinks unsweet). That photo makes it look pretty darn refreshing, though! This weekend is our anniversary so Jon's whisking me away for a day or so somewhere yet to be announced, and we'll be eating year-old cake and re-creating a dish from our honeymoon on the actual day (Sunday). Have a great one!

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  4. I can't do sweet tea, I like my tea straight up with no sugar and no lemon. However adding a little alcohol never hurt anyone ;-)

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  5. Our plans for the weekend involve spring cleaning and crafting... which means we should probably try one of these recipes while we're at it!!

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  6. I agree with Postcards & Pretties...Yum! Arnold Palmer..especially with Pink Lemonade!

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  7. I love sweet tea, besides it is so hot in here and looking at that makes me want to put my hand through the screen and grab that drink. ahhhh.

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  8. I love mint teas! Summer, winter...it matters not! but your drinks always seem to be such a better idea then whatever Im currently downing

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  9. just for the record not all of us Texans like simple syrup in our tea! lol It's funny how you have to specify that you want your tea unsweet here.

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  10. isaiah. and. i. hate the sweet tea PHENOMENON in Texas. HATE IT. i hate having to ask for unsweet tea. i hate having to explain, "Yes...I know you have "THE BEST SWEET TEA in the whole world," but I would like it unsweet, please.

    REALLY.

    anyways, ADORABLE photo, sorry for the angry yikesness. i hate sweet tea, but i adore you.

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  11. Friday cocktail indeed! :) Agave syrup is a great idea! :)
    alexa
    www.theshortandthesweetofit.com

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  12. You know they have the sweet tea vodka now lol. That would definitely make a southern cocktail!

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  13. The first time I tried John's mama's sweet tea, I could hardly believe it-it was brown sugar water! She's since cut down on the sugar a lot, but I still need TEA in my iced tea, too!

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  14. Oh my gosh, this looks positively delicious! I now have a hankering for sweet tea! Have a wonderful weekend, Lena!

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  15. I would love to Arnold Palmer right about now!

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  16. I haven't totally acquired a taste for sweet tea. I tend to like mine unsweetened. But an Arnold Palmer is always delish! Have a lovely weekend!

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  17. Looove sweet tea. I also enjoy unsweetened ice tea with lemon as well, but they are different things and I treat them as such. :)

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  18. when I lived in texas people drank it for breakfast! I love it really sweet! xo

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  19. i love iced tea, and it's only made better with a little booze sneaked in :-)

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  20. I am not sure what it is about tea but I just dont enjoy it which is weird because everyone in my family Loves it. Oh well. Have a fantastic weekend!

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  21. I love the little wooden stir stick. And of course of the mason jar. Are you drinking yours from a jar?

    I'm heading to a concert, and hopefully a hike with the pups.

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  22. I was just about to head out to the store to get a few ingredients for tonight's dinner and couldn't leave without a delicious cocktail recipe by you. And as I am getting very excited to head South, back to my roots, this couldn't be more perfect! Thanks Lena! Wishing you a beautiful weekend! xoxo Samantha

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  23. I'm Cape Cod gal, so sweet tea is in my blood. We almost exclusively live on iced tea with lemonade all summer long, save for the evenings when it's a nice cold draft ;)

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  24. Yum - I need to make this this weekend. Both virgin and alcoholic versions :)

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  25. I've never had sweet tea but it sounds amazing! I'm a major fan of honey or agave as a sweetner so I'll have to give that a try :)

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  26. This looks delicious and so perfect in a mason jar!

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  27. My boyfriend is a HUGE iced tea drinker, but he too can't quite stomach the super sweet tea of the south. I'm always down to add a little alcohol though. haha.
    XOXO

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  28. Yayy you just taught me how to make a new cocktail!!

    I will be attending to two graduations and a BBQ if mother nature decides to stop the rain that is :)

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  29. That tea sounds incredible!!!

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  30. Iced tea - YUM!
    We are having a 'fare thee well' party with some friends and other than that I have a ton to plan and order for our new place.
    Will be busy but FUN in other words :)

    Happy weekend!

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  31. cute
    http://mrsjuliajulia.blogspot.com/

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  32. I love you for this! My family was visiting from the South this weekend and kept trying to order sweet tea everywhere! It took me a while but I'm finally used to (& actually enjoy) unsweet now. Shocking!

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  33. oooh yum like iced tea? I drank that so much when I was younger, delish! :)

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  34. Mmm...I love sweet tea. For me it's the perfect amount of sweetness.

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  35. Oh yum! That looks so tasty and refreshing. xo style, she wrote

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  36. I thought of you when I saw this article: http://www.splendora.com/splendora039s_top_10_summer_cocktails/sally_port_punk#content-jump

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  37. one of my favorite things about the summer is iced tea!

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  38. And how great does it look in a mason jar!!

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  39. ah! how refreshing! an arnold palmers is my favorite summer drink!

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  40. i moved to nyc from the south. if you ask for sweet tea, you get some weird looks. needless to say, i love this recipe.

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  41. Oh goodness, this sweet tea looks so refreshing!

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