I am from the south.
The deep south.
And in the south, we have something that is on the menu everywhere…that would be…sweet tea.
Those who live in the south know exactly what I am talking about. And, I’ll never forget the first time my husband and I visited Vermont. We went out to eat. I ordered chicken quesadillas (my favorite) and sweet tea. And the waiter was confused. The quesadillas were on menu…but not sweet tea. It took quite a while for me to explain that I wanted iced tea, that was sweet.
In the end, I got neither chicken quesadillas OR sweet tea.
I really have no idea what the food was. It had a look and taste all it’s own. It was good enough, but one this is for sure, it was definitely NOT chicken quesadillas. And the tea…well…let’s just say I had to order another drink instead. It was awful!
So, having been trained in the proper art of sweet tea making, I always made my own sweet tea. Complete with lots of sugar and fully caffeinated tea. Then I figured out that caffeine was giving me headaches, and I switched to decaf tea. Always iced tea…never hot tea. And…I even used…Splenda (gasp!) at times.
But, then I went on the CLEAN program, and guess what you couldn’t have??? TEA!!! Good grief!!
But, I found that you could have herbal teas, and so I went searching.
I found (somewhere on the internet…I can’t remember where) that Rooibos tea was not only herbal, but also naturally caffeine free, and it was supposed to taste like regular tea!!
I tried a batch and viola…healthy tea. I just completed the switch by subbing stevia for sugar.
I’ve been drinking it this way ever since.
By the way, Sarah has got a nice article here about Rooibos tea.
Healthy Sweet Tea
6 Rooibos tea bags (I always use Eco Tea brand – not all Rooibos teas taste the same)
1 quart boiling water
1/2 tsp liquid stevia (I always use Sweetleaf Liquid Stevia)
1 quart cool water
2 quart container
Boil 1 quart of water (4 cups). Add tea bags and steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeeze out excess and pour into serving container. Add 1 quart cool water (4 cups) and liquid stevia. You can change the amount of stevia according to your taste. Enjoy!
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