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.