I'm in a Southern State of Mind

Hey ya'll (oh, I went there).  I had a work trip that brought me to Knoxville, Tennessee and I must say, I LOVED IT!  It was so green, there was so much water, I loved the southern hospitality and the sweet tea....oh man....it didn't disappoint!  Since I've been back, I've been dreaming about that sweet tea!  My preference was half sweet tea and half unsweet.  

For those of you that are loyal readers, you've seen me mention my grandma Helen.  She was a big part of my childhood, since she watched my brother and I while my parents worked.  In summer, she always made sun tea.  She had that same jug and it was often sitting outside in the sun, brewing up that amber gold tea.  

I decided to attempt to recreate that sweet southern tea, using decaf Liptons (avoiding caffeine since I'm pregnant) and steeping it in the sun.  It was fun for Lucy, too!


  • 8 of your favorite tea bags
  • Container for brewing
  • Water 
  • Agave
  • Lemon - meyer lemon is my favorite
  • Rubber band - wide enough for the top of the container
  • Plastic wrap


Add water to the container, about a quart.  Take all tea bags strings and put them over the lip of the container.  Put plastic wrap over the strings and rubber band them secure.  Let the bags steep for 2-4 hours, depending on the strength of tea you want.  Add Agave or honey to the finished tea in 1/4 cup increments to your liking (I ended up using 1/2 cup).  Squeeze lemon into the mixture, to your preference (I used one whole meyer lemon).

Pour over ice and ENJOY!