Living in the South

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If you live in the south, there are two words that come out of your mouth the second you sit down at a restaurant. No, not, “wine list?” or “coffee, please”. The two words are “sweet tea.” Winter, spring, summer or fall. Doesn’t matter. It’s tea and it’s sweet. I realized how crazy this was the other night when my husband and I were eating at a small local restaurant that was seriusly lacking in the heat department. We were practically shivering, but that didn’t stop us from gulping down a couple of glasses of sweet iced tea.

When I make it at home, Agave Nectar is my sweetner of choice. It doesn’t flavor it like honey does, and for whatever reason, I feel it’s healthier than just plain old bleached white sugar. It probably isn’t, but please don’t enlighten me, let me live my Agave dream.

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  1. says

    Agave is definitely healthier than refined sugar! It is lower on the glycemic index (i.e. you won’t get diabetes from eating it).

    I’d never heard of sweet tea until my high school bf told me this funny story about his parents’ first date. His mom was from the south (NC) and his dad was from the northeast (NY). They went to this restaurant up here and his mom kept ordering iced teas. At the end of the night the bill was ridiculously high because she kept drinking them like water – since in the south, refills are free! She had no idea that it was different in the north.

  2. says

    yes, you’re so right! whenever we go out up here.. there are only a small handful of restaurants that carry our beloved SWEET tea. and all of them are chains that originate from the SOUTH! LOL
    sooo can’t wait to get back to the south!

  3. says

    I’m from Kansas and when I was growing up Iced Tea was what you ordered and drank constantly. Iced Tea was on our table for every meal (well not breakfast) However, it wasn’t sweetened.

  4. says

    I was accused of rejecting my southern roots because I was caught saying sweetened tea, instead of sweet tea. I didn’t know there was law:)

  5. says

    Where in the world do you find that sweetner? I am a converted southerner from the north, and I like my tea UNsweet. I am not a lover of sugar at all. I know, a little strange, but true. But just the same, I love my iced tea, summer, spring, winter or fall. Freezing *ss cold and all.

  6. says

    “please don’t enlighten me” heehee!! I love it! :) Agave nectar in iced tea sounds really yummy.

    When I moved to Georgia from the midwest, I was amazed that sweet tea was the default and you have to actually say “unsweetened” if that’s how you prefer it. I got hooked on sweet tea while living there.

    Now I’m in Texas and I take my iced tea unsweetened with lime. :)

  7. says

    Love sweet tea, although we don’t drink it quite the same way – not quite as sweet. My daughter uses agave for most things and we just bought a bottle for to take home. I like it.

  8. says

    I love my sweet tea, but my mother….crikey….she drinks diabetes in a glass.

    Thinking on it…..when I’m out….I never say ‘sweet tea’. It’s a given to everyone…

  9. says

    As a transplanted Northerner in Texas, I have come to love sweet tea. It is the only thing I drink when I go to a restaurant. I must try the agave sweetener, as I have seen it in my local health food store.

  10. says

    As a GA girl living in CT I have to make my sweet tea at home in order to have any, but it keeps me true to ordering only water when we eat out so it’s not all bad. I always order it when we’re visiting family in GA though!

    Can you give any tips on proportions and technique when making it with the agave nectar? I would love to get away from regular sugar in my tea, but I won’t touch artificial sweeteners with a 10 foot pole.

  11. says

    At one point, we had to take a trip up north from Knoxville, and took my assistant with us. In a restaurant we had often frequented, where we were known, she ordered tea. I immediately translated for the waitress, “Bette, she means iced tea, not hot, and she doesn’t know she’ll have to stir in her own sugar.” Everyone laughed. I used to laugh at ordering “Tea, un.”

  12. says

    Growing up I never liked tea. I didn’t know you could drink tea that wasn’t sweet. Later in life unsweetened tea was a revelation. Finally I have come full circle and like it both ways but I never make sweet tea myself. I too would like some advice on the perfect tea to sweetener ratio.

  13. says

    I love your pitcher and I agree about sweet tea. I love it anytime and it seems to be the only thing that really quenches my thirst! I”ll have to try it with the agave since it is a healthier option.

  14. says

    And if you are a southerner, you don’t just say “Sweet Tea”…. You have to take about 10 minutes and string it out… You know: “Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet Teaaaaaaaaaaaa”….. Right???? ha ha

    LOVE it.

  15. says

    Just so you know, dahling, and this will keep you in smiles for a while too. Agave nectar is an EXCELLENT sweetner, and because it’s not processed like sugar or sugar substitutes it is in fact WAYYYY healthier for you than it’s processed counter-parts.

    If you don’t believe me, check out the two skinny minnies that wrote the book “Skinny Bitch” I literally JUST read that today in that book.

    You’re feeling righteous now aren’t you? Good … that’s what I was going for there!!!

    Enjoy the sweet tea, since I’m from the north … I like mine straight up and unsweetened. I know crazy weird!!!

    Happy New Year!!!

  16. says

    When I was teaching I started putting a little honey in my mid morning tea. It helped keep my energy level up until lunch.

    I’ve been looking for an Agave and I might give this one a try.

  17. says

    My mom sometimes thinks there was a mix up at the hospital when I was born because I hate sweet tea or any tea for that matter. Everyone else in the family loves it. Dead leaves steeped in water….that’s swamp water to me 😉

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