Summer is here and it would be nice to sit back with an ice tea and enjoy the warm days laughing with friends. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find enough hours in the day and I always feel like I can’t get caught up with life in general. I wished there was more time to just relax and forget about all the stresses of life. This recipe takes me back to the more carefree days of my childhood.
I grew up in Georgia where things aren’t quite as rushed and chaotic as it is here in California. I have nothing but lovely sentiments of Georgia. It’s my home and the culture and values have helped mold me to who I am today. It’s no secret that sweet tea is a staple in the South. Practically every home had a pitcher of sweet tea in the fridge ready to serve – including our Asian household. It’s a very comforting drink that reminds me of home and a time when things were more simple. Of course I was just a kid so how much stress could I possible have? Nonetheless, I have many fond memories of hanging out at my friend Marisa’s house talking and giggling over a glass of sweet tea.
Sweet tea is also a great beverage to serve at baby and bridal showers or even spiked with a splash of rum or vodka. So here’s a recipe for sweet tea with a twist: Mango Iced (Sweet) Tea. Go ahead, brew yourself a pitcher of tea, sit down, kick up your feet and take it easy. The laundry can wait until later…
Mango Iced Tea
Time: 20 mins Yields: 2 Quarts
5 C water
8 black tea bags
½ C sugar
3 C mango juice
mint to garnish, optional
Bring 5 C of water to a boil. Place tea bags into boiling water and let boil for 1 minute. Then turn off heat and let steep for 10 minutes.
Remove tea bags and add sugar. Stir to combine.
Add mango juice and stir. Pour into a pitcher and serve over ice.
Where’s Taylor you ask? Well – she was taking a nap while I was taking the photos for the iced tea. She definitely knows how to set aside time to rest and relax. She then woke up and wanted to get some fresh air and then tried to go for the mango iced tea! That booger! Oh well… I guess Derrick gets that glass!