Our State). Thus sweet tea is the essence of Southern hospitality. This, my friends, is (as Dolly Parton calls it) the "house wine of the South."
I've noticed that Northerners don't really drink Sweet Tea. So I just have to bring it back to the North by sharing my recipe for the Peach Ginger Iced Tea (along with the many many many peaches I hoarded in my luggage. I won't tell you how many pounds of peaches I bought in Texas, but it's amazing how much cheaper produce is down there!) Recipe adapted from Bobby Flay.
Peach Ginger Ice Tea
1/2 cup sugar
thinly sliced fresh ginger, to taste
3/4 cups water
4 black tea bags
optional: 1/2 cup peach juice
fresh peaches, sliced
Combine the sugar, water and the ginger in a small saucepan; boil and cook until the sugar is dissolved to make a ginger syrup. Remove from the heat and let cool.
Boil several cups of water (depends on how strong you want your tea) and steep tea bags. Remove the tea bags, let cool, and chill in the refrigerator.
Stir in the peach and ginger simple syrup to taste. Serve chilled. Enjoy!