If you have never tried Sweet, Southern Ice Tea raise your hand. Now lower that hand to forehead level and give yourself a smack cause you just don’t know what you are missing. There is just no other flavor on the planet like an Ice cold glass of Southern Sweet Tea! I swear it should be a food group because I could do without a meal but not without a glass of sweet tea! There are not even words that I can use to describe the flavor, well, I could say it just tastes Southern but unless you have had REAL food and drinks from the South, you just won’t understand. It tastes like tradition, family and lazy days.
Both sides of my family are from the South and I grew up on Southern Cooking and sweet tea and I thank God for that every day of my life. I grew up eating biscuits and gravy ( the real thing, not the stuff you find in the grocery store) , southern fried chicken that my mamaw slaved over a stove frying all day long, fresh picked green beans sizzled up in bacon grease, cobblers so good that they would make you slap your mama, and good ole Southern sweet tea! We didn’t just make it in a pitcher, oh no, that would never be good enough in my mamaw’s kitchen. Our sweet tea was made in an old, glass pickle jar that was so huge us kids could never lift it. It’s the kind of pickle jar that sits in old country stores and if sat on the ground, would reach a grown man’s knees! She took great pride in her tea and that’s all we ever knew. Now what you find is the swill that fast food restaurants pass off as sweet tea and let me tell you, IT IS NOT!! Real Southern sweet tea is not made , oh no, it is crafted, it is lovingly prepared, it is a work of art.
Until now I have made do with making my own version since my mamaw is no longer with us and I do a pretty good job but it will never be just like hers. I fresh brew my own, sweeten it myself and I like it but have never loved it like hers. Recently I was given the opportunity to review Southern Breeze Sweet Tea bags that are already sweetened with Splenda! Yay! This is a double bonus for me because I get to try a real Southern Sweet Tea and since I only use Splenda, and not real Sugar due to health issues, it’s a huge win!! You can choose from Real Sweet tea, peach flavored and raspberry flavored and all of them have Splenda built right in for the perfect amount of sweetness. They sent me the Sweet tea and I immediately fell in love, so much so that I jumped on the computer and ordered 6 boxes of the Raspberry Sweet Tea bags and 3 boxes of the Sweet tea bags. Now I knew I couldn’t be greedy, even though I really wanted to be and gave my bestie a box of each since she loves sweet tea almost as much as I do. I had her hook, line and sinker baby! She is now as big a fan as I am. She has in turned shared it with her mom and dad and they love it, and so on and so on…..
I like to make my tea on my stove and it’s so easy!! I put my water in a pan and boil. Once the water is boiling I turn off the heat and add 2 tea bags and steep it for about 5 minutes. I then let it sit for a bit to cool ( well I will admit I fill a big glass with ice and pour myself a glass while it is cooling, but I know you won’t tell anyone 🙂 ) I then add ice to my glass pitcher, because let’s face it, no self-respecting Southern Girl puts her ice tea in a plastic pitcher, ewwww yuck! That’s it!! The sweetness and flavor are already there so I have nothing more to do than sit back and enjoy! There is no more perfect place than to sit on the front porch just as the sun is sinking low in the sky with a glass of sweet tea in hand. It’s the southern way of unwinding!
Now to say I was a little skeptical about trying a tea that claimed to be real Southern sweet tea would be an understatement. I have tried other products before and was always let down. But I have to say Southern Breeze sweet tea delivers on its promise, it is absolutely delicious and since my mamaw isn’t here to hear me say this, it tastes just as good as hers! ( Forgive me granny). It has just the perfect amount of sweetness married with an amazing tea flavor. Not all tea bags are alike so don’t be fooled. There are distinct differences in flavors in every one I have ever tried and believe me I have tried them all in search of a good glass of tea! I am now in the process of sharing my tea bags with friends and family and they have to know I love them if I am sharing tea this good! Did I also mention there is ZERO calories in this tea? Oh yeah that’s a reason to stand up and do your happy dance, just make sure you’ve closed your blinds so the neighbors won’t think you’ve lost your mind!
I love that you can find amazing tea recipes on the Southern Breeze website. I know I will be trying all of them! Unfortunately Southern Breeze teas are not available at any store within 100 miles of me but I purchased some Southern Breeze on Amazon! You can also look up your city on their website to see if you are lucky enough to have it near you and you can print out a form to give to your local store to ask them to add Southern Breeze to their shelves. While you are on the site, make sure you print off a coupon too!
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