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Roundup:  Sweet Tea Goblets for Entertaining and The Best Ever Sweet Tea Recipe

Roundup: Sweet Tea Goblets for Entertaining and The Best Ever Sweet Tea Recipe

Beautiful Sweet Tea Goblets and a Family Heirloom Sweet Tea Recipe

Any meal in the South is not complete unless there is a pitcher of sweet tea at the table. And if the table is very big, there are usually several pitchers set about for easy reach.  Generally, sweet tea can be served in just about any type of glass, from the humble Mason jar, to the finest footed crystal goblet.

For the holidays or any special occasion, it always makes for a stunning table to pull out the finest goblets that you have and set the table in all the festive finery you can find. Not only does it show your guests how happy you are to have them in your home, it denotes the importance of the celebration.

I've gathered several options that are beautiful in their own right and would make your table the talk of the town at your next soiree.  I've also included arguably the best sweet tea recipe below the Mason-Dixon line. All Southern ladies have their favorite recipe, but in case you do not, please give this one a try and enjoy!

 Pretty Seed Glass Sweet Tea Pitcher in Citrine

Pretty Seed Glass Sweet Tea Pitcher in Citrine

 Footed Seed Glass Sweet Tea Goblets in Citrine

Footed Seed Glass Sweet Tea Goblets in Citrine

 Mikasa Stephanie Platinum Crystal Footed Glass

Mikasa Stephanie Platinum Crystal Footed Glass

 Libby Cobalt Blue Sweet Tea Goblet

Libby Cobalt Blue Sweet Tea Goblet

 Ralph Lauren Brogan Crystal Goblet

Ralph Lauren Brogan Crystal Goblet

 Juliska Collette Hand Pressed Footed Goblet in Green

Juliska Collette Hand Pressed Footed Goblet in Green

 Michael Aram Palm Crystal Iced Tea Goblet

Michael Aram Palm Crystal Iced Tea Goblet

 Godinger Dublin Red Footed Iced Tea Glasses

Godinger Dublin Red Footed Iced Tea Glasses

 Etched Deer Iced Tea Glasses

Etched Deer Iced Tea Glasses

 Amber Cut Crystal Wildlife Stems

Amber Cut Crystal Wildlife Stems

 Waterford Lismore Essence Gold

Waterford Lismore Essence Gold

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The Best Ever Sweet Tea Recipe

Makes 1 Gallon

Ingredients:

3 Family-sized tea bags (preferably Luzianne)

4 cups of water, plus additional to fill the pitcher

1 cup of fine granulated sugar

Lemon slices for serving

Other Supplies:

Sauce Pan

Long-handled wooden spoon

One gallon pitcher

Directions:

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in your sauce pan, remove from heat.
  2. Add tea bags and leave for 5 minutes.  Dunk the tea bags up and down a few times and leave them in the sauce pan with the tags hanging over the pot (I usually tie my bags together).  After 5 minutes, remove the bags and throw them away.
  3. Add your sugar directly to the sauce pan and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  4. Pour this mixture from the sauce pan into your tea pitcher.
  5. Add enough cold water to fill your tea pitcher (about 3 quarts).
  6. Put the pitcher in the refrigerator and leave until completely cold, usually about 4 hours or preferably overnight.
  7. Place ice in one of your beautiful glasses, pour tea over ice and add lemon or mint to your desired taste.

Notes:

For stronger tea, steep your tea bags for a longer period of time.

You can add more or less than 1 cup of sugar depending on how sweet or unsweet your prefer.

For a half and half, mix equal parts sweet tea and lemonade.

I hope you have enjoyed this roundup of beautiful sweet tea goblets and give the recipe a try! Even if you have a family favorite, the half and half is always a refreshing twist for a summer day.  Of course you can always add a shot of your favorite libation to a glass and top with sweet tea for a special dinner occasion or just because!

Until next time...Godspeed!

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