It's summertime here in the SOUTH, doors swing open, visitors are invited up on the porch or into the courtyard and iced tea is served! Southerners have always been known for their southern hospitality as it is a way in the south. Come on over and enjoy a glass of tea. That would be sweet tea with lemon and a sprig of mint from the garden. Entertaining is usually more formal around holidays, weddings, baby arrivals, and anniversary celebrations but, the BEST celebration of all is a casual get together for a glass of iced tea and perhaps a slice of cake on a summer porch.
Southern iced tea is made by bringing five cups of water to a boil, adding two family size tea bags and let steep for ten minutes. Remove tea bags and add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of sugar[depending on your sweet tea taste]. Pour into pitcher and add another 3 to 4 cups of water. Fill your glass with ice cubes, lemon, and a sprig of mint. ENJOY! Better yet, put on a tea party for a few friends......that is the Best southern style! Friends instantly appreciate a cheerful Southern hostess! I hope your day is truly blessed and you find a gracious way to stay cool in the hot summer sun!