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Perfectly Southern Sweet Tea

southern sweet tea

I’ve talked about my LOVE {okay, obsession} with sweet tea.  I’m a Georgia girl…born and raised.  Dinner just isn’t dinner without a big ol’ glass of sweet tea.  If you are not from the south and you grew up with unsweet tea…you just don’t understand.  It is okay, I won’t hold it against you.  But, please don’t be offended if I pack my tea bags and sack of sugar when I come to visit! {I’m so not joking!}

Sweet tea isn’t complicated. It is really quite simple.  You need three things: tea bags, water, and sugar.  People will argue about which tea bags are best…we all have our favorite brands.  My go to tea is Luzianne family sized tea bags.

And, as far as sugar goes, there is a lot of noise about which sweetener is best for you.  I am just going to be totally honest with you.  Sugar is bad news.  You are much better to go with a natural sweetener like honey, honey granules, or sucanat.  And…I do.  I use all these sweeteners for all of my cooking needs – except sweet tea.  I’ve tried swapping the sugar for honey and it flavors the tea too much.  Sucanat is a great swap for brown sugar so it isn’t good in sweet tea either.  So, for sweet tea my recommendation is organic sugar cane.  It isn’t the best sweeter, but I limit myself to using it in sweet tea and I have one glass…with dinner.  It is a tradition that cannot be broken.



And, the truth is, you should keep those traditions, even if it means eating or drinking something unhealthy every now and then.  Not everyone is going to agree with me, but my general rule of thumb with all things concerning food is sometimes called the 80/20 rule.  80% of the time we eat clean, wholesome, real food full of fresh fruits & veggies, grass fed and humanely raised beef and chicken, sustainable fish, and raw milk. But, I don’t have a melt down when my kids want to have an ice cream cone out and the restaurant doesn’t offer organic ice cream.  I try to make wise choices always, but I don’t throw in the towel when I make one misstep.

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Totally agree with this philosophy. We make the best choices that we can for our son, but we don’t sweat the small hiccups along the way.

  2. Carole Hall says:

    Hey WM!
    I have to admit that I’m new to the sweet tea fan club. Born and raised in Washington state and don’t get put much much so when I went to Florida and had sweet tea for the first time

  3. Carole Hall says:

    Oops, not so good at posting comments either

  4. Carole Hall says:

    Can a simple syrup be made and used to sweeten the tea? Gotta stop trying to be clever…….

    • Denisesawyer says:

      That is a great way if you don’t want to sweeten the whole pitcher. :)
      Wholesome Mommy

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