Belle South 
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Re: “Summerville can't squeeze the facts out of sweet tea's murky history

I am 51 and from Savannah GA. My Grandma was from inland Southern GA and born in 1912..she taught me to make Iced Tea when I was about 6, standing on a stool at the stove, waiting for that point just before it boiled to turn the (gas) burner off. Then she made me wait while it steeped. While it was still warm, the tea was poured into a glass pitcher with a metal knife inside to absorb the heat and keep the pitcher from cracking. Sugar was added, it was briskly stirred, then cold water added. Then it was poured over ice. As a kid, if you ordered tea, it was brought to you sweet unless you specified otherwise. The "sweet tea" thing came about with the movie "Steel Magnolias." Grandma told me her Grandma taught her to make it. She also told me that because most of the water on the coast of GA, SC AND northern FL and sevwral counties inland) had the sulphur taste to it (well water), brewed tea with sugar added helped to hide the taste and encourage people to drink more to keep from "passing out in the heat of Summer." I have lived and traveled all over the US and Europe as an Army Wife and I can tell ya that Iced Tea (sweet tea by today's venacular) truly is better with coastal well water. I have a crew building our pool now, I have made approximately 50 gallons in the past 3 weeks. Not as sweet as I was taught and I went decaf in the 90's, but everyone loves my tea. I keep a 2 gallon dispenser in the fridge during the Summer. And I always think of Grandma when I make it. I adored her, miss her and thank her for teaching me well, at a young age...

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Posted by Belle South on June 2, 2016 at 11:25 PM
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