So in an effort to convince Jonah that not everything that goes toward his mouth is negative...
I let him try sweet tea.
And Jonah, the boy who won't open his mouth for anything, opened right up (over and over again) for some good ol' sweet tea.
Here in the south, we like to start 'em early.
And for those of you who've asked, here is how I like to make mine -
I always use the Lipton Decaf tea bags. I definitely think Lipton is better than Luzianne. I typically get the Family size bags. (But I'd say five or six of the small bags equals two of the big ones.)
I turn a burner on high and fill a medium saucepan about 3/4 full of water. (OK, really I don't know what a "medium saucepan" is exactly. I use not the smallest pots I have, but the next size up... the size you'd warm up a big can of soup in.)
I put four family size tea bags in the water.
I let the water get to a boil, and then almost immediately turn it off. (It's okay if it boils for about a minute, but no longer.)
I then let it sit for about five minutes (but no longer) while I put my sugar in my gallon pitcher. For a gallon of tea, I use about 1 1/2 cups of sugar. Suuuh-weeeet.
I then pour the tea over the sugar in the pitcher, using a slotted spoon and mashing the extra tea liquid out of the bags.
(I don't like my tea to taste over-brewed... think Bojangles...blah... so that's why I don't boil it very long, don't let it sit for very long, and get rid of the bags early.)
I add a little more hot water and mix the sugar until it dissolves and then fill the pitcher the rest of the way up with cold water.
I put it in the fridge and usually don't touch it for 24 hours... or at least until it's really, really cold. (THIS may be the most important part!)
I like NOT using ice if I can get by with it.
So that's how I do it, and it's dang tasty if I do say so myself.
Here are my DON'TS for sweet tea:
- DON'T use Splenda when making sweet tea. You might as well give up tea altogether.
- DON'T make tea in a coffee pot. No matter how much you clean the pot, you can taste the coffee (or I can, anyway).
- DON'T over-brew your tea. If you leave it too long and get distracted or let it boil longer than just a couple minutes, start over.
- DON'T buy "sweet" tea in a bottle at a convenience store. It's GROSS. And in most they add that fake lemon flavoring, and that's even worse.
- DO try the sweet tea at El Maguey. It's the best I've ever had. Seriously.
- DO give sweet tea to your eight-month-old. DO NOT care what other people may think of you because of this.
It's your blog and your kid and you'll let him drink sweet tea (AND WATCH TV EVEN THOUGH HE'S UNDER TWO YEARS OLD) if you want to. (Some people - ahem, Anonymous - need to get a life.)