June bugs, sunshine, camping, pic-nics, barbe-ques, painting the windows on my truck to embarrass my children on the last day of school,
pulling out shorts from last year— (crap they don’t fit- we won’t talk bathing suits here) Kool-aid, hotdogs— (don’t tell me about them- or what is in them or how they are made- leave my bubble– please, it’s a junk food I like).
Knitting in the sun. Reading in the sun. Fishing with my guys. (especially if I catch the biggest fish.) Floating with friends in 4 inches of water on “floaties” in a lake..riding borrowed jetskis— FAST.
The smell on sunblock on little, sand covered boys.
Going to the lake. (any lake)
And what SAYS Summer to me???
Old Fashioned, brewed from the teapot- with tea you’d drink hot- strong, plain, fresh iced tea.
No fruit- maybe fresh mint- or a scant teaspoon of sugar– not quite dissolved- so it makes sweet, caffeinated sludge on the bottom of the glass. (I leave it there- whatever- it’s how I do it;)
Always ice and a straw.
NOT “sweet tea”.
Not, “tea in a can”. Or, raspberry tea.
I used to like “Sun Tea” until a nurse friend wrecked it for me….(google “bacterial growth in suntea”- or don’t your choice- if you love it- just DON’T, to preserve your love- live in denial.)
Not sugary, lemony pop tasting stuff. Not tea from a mix, or tea with lemonade……
But, real. Iced Tea.
By the gallon, by the jug, if I could brew a Keg– (i’ll get interesting google hits out of that one) I would. Then- I’d drink it all myself.
My mom used to make it in the morning- in her lavander zip up fleece robe … water brought to a boil in a soup pot- then tea bags tossed in- usually red-rose or lipton.
Then- into the big, orange tupperware pitcher.
Nothing added- but you can sweeten in the glass- if you want to… Iced Tea. Glass dripping with condensation- better if sipped while floating in a pool..by a lake….Iced Tea.
Coffee in the mornings- (of course) But- in the summer—
ICED TEA All DAY.
I don’t know why, but I can love tea- both hot and cold- while coffee that is iced- is WRECKED.
It’s not that I think my way is better— but I love it most.
So know- you know—
Yet another addictive process in my life-
Places with decent drive thru tea- in a pinch-
McDonald’s ( I hate McDonalds)Tim Horton’s
add your suggestions to the comments— I’ll add them to the body of the [ost- for other poor addicted souls.
My Iced Tea Recipe:
(Yeah- like I pay attention)
12 GOOD tea bags- (If you wouldn’t drink it hot- don’t bother)
1 gallon fresh water brough to a boil
Pour water over bags- (in a heat safe- picture I have a giant rubbermaid one- but glass would be better)
Steep about 10 minutes (or until you remember- or can wait no longer)
Pour while hot over ice cubes- (go to the gas station if the kids forget to fill them)
listen to the ice explode
stir in less than a teaspoon of sugar, with a straw.
Suck it down— all day long.
Whats your favorite brand of tea to brew???
post away!:) I’ll sip tea and read.