Firstly, no Texan actually says iced tea unless they are trying to impress you or sound like they are not really from Texas.
When we're not on our high horse, we just say ice tea.
Ice tea is served like water here in Texas.
Your waitress may not even ask you if you want any. She'll just bring it to your table. That's how it is with tea around the south.
She may, if she is a good waitress, ask you if you want sweet or unsweet. (You want sweet.)
There was a terrible, wretched trend that lasted much longer than it should have whereby people were adding fruit to ice tea. Raspberry tea is the most heinous example.
Fruit and fruit flavoring added to tea is wrong and bad.
Do not do this.
I have had some extremely delicious tea with fresh orange rinds added to it, but that was an exception and I don't recommend it overall.
Have I told you that I make the world's best ice tea?
Today I offer you the recipe as it is officially time for making ice tea.
We got slaughtered by mosquitoes while dining al fresco last night, so that means it's tea time in old Normandy. (Family joke. I have no idea what it means, by the way, we just have always said this.)
Mama Holt's Summer Ice Tea
Boil some water on the stove. Not in the microwave either, Missy. On the stove.
Put 2 family-sized Luzianne or Lipton tea bags in a glass pitcher.
Add 1 cup of brown sugar. It must be brown sugar. Well, OK, it can be white or it can be pure cane sugar, but dark brown sugar will give it that extree WOW factor.
Crunch up a LOT of fresh mint leaves and throw them in. (Much, much more than is in this picture.)
Pour the very, very hot (but not still boiling water) on top of all that and stir, stir, stir. Leave a bit of room at the top so you can add a lot of ice. You want a lot of ice in that puppy once it cools down a bit.
Leave the bags in for a long time. In fact, I never take my bags out. We drink a pitcher in about 2-3 days and I leave them in the whole time.
This is real tea, kids, not that crap you get at restaurants.
The world's best ice tea.
I've been known to make sun tea every now and then too, but I have a tendency to forget it's out there and find it several days later with the cure for cancer growing in it. (I wish!)
This whole post is kind of tongue-in-cheek because there are as many ways to make The World's Best Ice Tea as there are Texans.
I bet the comments section will prove this to be true.
Drink up, y'all!