I don’t like my tea sweetened, but I do like it with lots of lemon slices. It seems to complement the food better. To me sweetened tea is like soda pop — too sugary and overpowers the meal.
Another one here for Red Diamond. (Bless their hearts) Only kind I drink when I make it myself. Now we do get Milo’s Tea if we are going somewhere. You can buy it by the gallon or the pint. I dont like it so sweet that it hurts the stomach when you drink it but gods save me if it’s even close to be unsweetened. That would just be brown water 🙂 I like really strong tea. We drink nearly 3 gallons a day…don’t stroke here folks, thats for 8 people.
I once solved a problem in Missouri when I couldn’t get real tea. I asked for a cup of boiling water and a cup of ice. Had those single serving tea bags and made my own at the table. You just can’t add sugar to cold tea and expect anything resembling decent tea.
I don’t do the sryup thing, I just pour the boiling hot tea over the sugar and stir, then add water, never ice. And you dont put hot tea directly into the fridge, makes it cloudy.
Pretty much any Iced-tea that you get in Canada is sweetened. The first time I ever had unsweetened iced tea was in Minnesota. A little bit of a shocker when you are expecting sweet iced tea. Currently I am addicted to making Moroccan mint iced tea- sweetened. Fresh mint, green tea bags, sweetner. YUM!
Seems that the biggest problem with ice tea at restaurants is that they just don’t know how to serve it. Wish I could find sweet tea north of the Mason-Dixon line, but yesterday I was served a plain old glass with a thin slice of lemon for lunch and there wasn’t even any sugar on the table. The only waiter, (and I think he was the owner) was too busy, so I had to get some sugar that I saw over on a counter some distance away.
I had a giant pork burrito with mole sauce, but I had to drink the tea slowly as I was not sure if I would be noticed and get a refill. This is my other gripe. Tea should be served in a large glass with plenty of ice.
My ‘Ex’ from Memphis was smart in this way. She would order a large ice tea with a second glass of ice and lemons. As the ice in the first glass diluted, she would pour that into the second glass and add more sugar and lemon.
Speaking of sweet tea, Arizona brands has their own version of the stuff in cans. Personally, I think that it is too sweet.
Another preferred brand, although it is somewhat regional, is JFG from Knoxville, Tennessee.
If given a choice, I prefer Lipton, brewed strong and bitter. I’ve never particularly liked sweetened tea, and now that I find out I’m hypoglycaemic, it’s impossible for me to drink it… I have to have unsweetened.
One restaurant I used to go in had two urns: one said "ICED TEA" and the other "ICE TEA." — You guessed it — the "ICED" one was unsweetened; the "ICE" one was sweetened.
Come to think of it, since I’ve had to curtail my caffeine consumption (or else have dreadful insomnia), I haven’t enjoyed any good iced tea in an epoch. Maybe I ought to — and soon.
Licking My Liptons, Ort. Carlton in Amazing Athens, Georgia.
P. S. I’ve always wondered if Peggy Lipton of Mod Squad fame (she was also married to Quincy Jones and has two beautful daughters in show business) was of the tea family. — By the way, I own her record album — and three of her four 45s.
I don’t like artificial sweeteners in my tea or lemonaide, and being a diabetic means limiting the real stuff (Sugar) So I settle for menon slices or orange slices in Ice Water[:(][:(]
been hooked on this for months.
for every gallon of arizona diet green tea, i add 12 oz of
minute maid diet lemonade.
otherwize it’s luzianne with lemon and splenda.
Who doesn’t!!! We drink it year round!!!!
I really need to cut back !!! Too many calories!!!! I’d rather eat my calories than drink them!!!! Need to drink it with Splenda instead of sugar sometimes to cut back.
I grew up with people drinking sweet tea all around me. I could never stand it. I love strong sun brewed plain old Lipton. I’ve tried sweet tea and could barely taste the tea.
No milk or sugar in the the hot tea either — or coffee for that matter.
Lemon also alters the taste too much for me.
Californian born and bred, so when I drink iced tea it is usually barely sweetened. BUT, if I am eating BBQ, fried chicken or most any Southern fare, I like sweet tea. I’ve tried several brands of tea and I think it always comes out best when made with Luzianne, which I have bought via the net since it’s hard to find here.
Well, as a Southerner born and bred I can say that I do indeed love sweet tea. Unfortunately, Acid Reflux took that away from me and even Nexium wouldn’t bring it back. Fortunately, we discovered Trinity bottled water for use with Luzianne tea and my problem was solved! Yehaaa! The problem in my house now is that I love sweet tea and my wife likes Unsweetened…yech!….I make a simple syrup and my problem is, once again solved. 1 cup trinity water, 1 cup sugar heat to dissolve sugar and store in the fridge. She gets her tea her way and I can sweeten mine perfectly everytime.
A nice sprig of mint in the summertime is a good thing, too! No lemon for me.
Having been raised in a Southern household, sweet tea is a given. I have no problem whatsoever dissolving the sugar if I vigorously stir with a whisk. This goes for cold tea also.
I LOVE SWEET TEA!!! But my husband doesn’t (but then he’s a northwesterner, so I make allowances). I used to use 1 cup of sugar but now only use 3/4 cup; it tastes just as sweet and it makes me think I’m "being good." I never call it iced tea and never order tea in any restaurant except the South, because the morons in the other parts of the country think you can have "sweet" tea by stirring sugar in the glass of iced tea they bring to your table. Deliver me! (No offense to non-Southerner’s, but all you have to do is taste it to see the difference, for Pete’s sake.)
We loooove Sweet Tea! We buy Red Diamond sweet tea at Wal-Mart (several gallons at a time) and always make a fresh pitcher for Sunday Dinner! [:D]
Interestingly, sweet tea is very common in Canada (at least in the far western part).
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