Sweet Sun Tea.

Growing up in the South, there are a few things I can always remember my Mom making on repeat. During the Summer especially, she always had a glass jar filled to the neck with freshly brewed Sun Tea.

Glass ball jar with sweet sun tea / heirloomed

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Now, she grew up in Michigan so she never made hers sweet. But she’d fill the jar with water, unwrap about 5 or 6 bags of classic Lipton tea and pop them each in, one by one, careful to keep the strings + tags dangling on the outside of the jar. She’d set the jar right outside on the back patio in the fullness of Florida sunshine, scattered among the pots of aloe, impatients and lantana she had growing, until it was steeped to perfection.

While I had to learn the “sweet” part on my own, I can still remember the smell and taste of the tea growing up when I’d snag the very last sip at dinner which was mostly melted ice by that point. I love that you can make this so effortlessly, and if you use one of these half gallon Ball jars then it’s easy to just screw the top on and go straight to the fridge for storage + use until you finish it off.

vintage enamelware pitcher for sun tea / heirloomed
Lipton tea for homemade sun tea / heirloomed
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Jar of sun tea brewing / heirloomed

So here is my best recipe for you, tried and true over the years. The amount of sugar is up to you, depending on how sweet you like it or how many calories you’re trying to cut out. I prefer to add the sugar with boiling hot water straight from my tea kettle to fully dissolve it all and get the tea full steeping before setting it outside in the sun.

Sweet Sun Tea

Yield: 1/2 gallon
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This southern drink is fun to make into a tradition with your family. Great news is that you can customize the sweetness to your own liking.

ingredients:

  • 1/2 to 1 cup of granulated sugar (to taste)
  • 64 oz boiling hot water
  • 5-6 bags of tea
  • 1 - 1/2 gallon glass canning jar

instructions:

How to cook Sweet Sun Tea

  1. In a 1/2 gallon glass canning jar, add 1/2 to 1 full cup of granulated sugar, to taste. 
  2. Heat tea kettle with water until boiling and fill your jar nearly full to the neck (approximately 64 oz). Using a wooden spoon or spurtle, mix the sugar water until the sugar fully dissolves. 
  3. Unwrap and add 5 to 6 bags of tea (I prefer the basic Lipton tea), making sure to hang the strings + tags over the edge of the jar so they don’t fall in completely. 
  4. Give it another swirl with the spoon and allow to steep for at least 2 hours in full sunlight. Bring inside and discard the tea bags, mixing again with wooden spoon until fully combined. You’ll notice the color of your tea is now much darker. 
  5. Pour over a glass of ice and enjoy! Screw the lid on your jar and refrigerate the remaining tea to store.
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I’d just love to know your own recipe or tips for Sweet Tea and so interested to know how much sugar you use for the perfect mix! #HEIRLOOMED


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A Southern Kitchen Bucket List.

As I sit here sifting through stacks of my Grandmother + Great Grandmother's handwritten recipe cards I think of all the years of thought, learning, trial and error and, love that went into each card.

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I try to recreate recipes from the cards, some I've never had before and for all intents and purposes they turn out just fine. But what I don't know is if they really turn out the way that they are suppose to. I don't know the tips + tricks behind them and for me, spending time IN the kitchen with my Mom and Grandmother was the only true way for me to know the secrets BEHIND their recipes.

How Grandma perfected the tart flavor behind her Key Lime Pie and knowing that she hand-picked each key lime off the tree in her yard in Florida made all the difference. How Mom gets her Chicken and Dumpling broth so creamy that it truly melts in your mouth, after trying over and over to make this one for my own children I think I've finally gotten the hang of this favorite winter dish.

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When I sit and think of how much I love to cook and bake, of the time I spend in the kitchen and around our family dinner table I still come to realize as I sift through these hand-written recipes that I still have so many holes in my kitchen skills.

I'm not talking about those Pinterest-worthy, ingredient laden, fancy recipes that we all love to pin. I'm talking about the basic recipes of a Southern kitchen. The ones that we grew up eating, made-from-scratch the way Grandma used to make them. If we don’t learn the fundamentals, the secrets and the subtle differences between a dash, a splash and a pinch, we will never be able to recreate a recipe in quite the same way as the dishes we grew up enjoying during our childhood. These heirloom(ed) recipes will be lost forever, along with the stories behind them.

I'm a hands-on learner so I have decided to create a big challenge for myself - a Southern Kitchen Bucket List, if you will. Getting back to the basics and tackling the simple things that I feel I should know how to master in my own kitchen, keeping these made-from-scratch secrets alive for yet another generation. I'm starting now because I know as the holidays grow closer and I try making some of my holiday favorites, I'll realize I have even more holes to learn. I'll be tackling some of these on my own, some from my family recipes, and some with the help of some of the best folks out there who are known for their craft. Take a peek ....

A Southern Kitchen Bucket List - pin it / share it / take the challenge for yourself!

A Southern Kitchen Bucket List - pin it / share it / take the challenge for yourself!

A Southern Kitchen Bucket List

I'd love to challenge you to tackle these along with me at #heirloomed. Let me know if I'm missing anything and I'll continue to add to the list. I've already knocked out a few (hyperlinked above) so you can start there.

And, I challenge you to also pull out a few of your favorite family recipe card and get in the kitchen with your Mom or Grandma and have them TEACH you to make them, by hand and step-by-step.

Here we go - off to tackle the Southern skills, can't wait to share. #HEIRLOOMED


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