When you think of the South, you might think acres and acres of nothingness. You might think poverty...you might think the place where everyone goes when they want to retire into a an area full of hospitality and....of course great comfort food.
One thing that is synomous with the South, we sum up in two words: Sweet Tea. And when we say sweet tea, we don't mean the kind you gently place two sugar cubes in while it sits into a dainty china tea cup...no we mean, iced, sweet and sugary brown. The kind that you sip slow on a lazy afternoon or enjoy at a fancy restaurant.
When it comes to tea in the South, we are picky. Boy are we picky. It has to have the right balance of tea, water and of course sweetness. We like our tea freshly brewed and placed in the fridge until it is the right kind of cold...but guess what, when we don't make it ourselves, there are definite go to grocery stores we find ourselves at with a cart full of gallons of already chilled browned goodness.
Milo's Tea is the closest I have come across that equals the Southern goodness that is my mama's sun tea.
I remember growing up and having to bring in the glass covered jug of 'sun tea' so that my mom could sweeten it and get it chilled for supper. Sun brewed meaning, she did not boil or microwave, she placed the jug full of tea into a sunny spot to brew on it's own. Milo's tea reminds me of my mama. It reminds me of goodness. It reminds me of the South.
I got the awesome priviledge to try out some of Milo's brand spanking new products. Oh lawd, when I tell you heaven is their tea and lemonade blend....I mean it. I bought several of the gallon jugs home and why no...it did not make it to see the light of the next day. Gone. My kids, family and friends gulped it down in one seemingly simultaneous guzzle.
The next day, I decided to try something. I got a recipe from Milo's and thought, hey, this is perfect for these hot Mississippi summer days.
Sweet tea and Lemonade granitas.
I mean, who doesn't love a great slushy drink?
With the recipe being soooooooo easy, why not try it!? I made the sweet tea and lemonade blend and the lemonade.
You will need
Milo's Tea, Tea and Lemonade, or Lemonade
Fill a casserole dish with the drink of your choice. To be creative, add a bit of chopped fruit or mint leaves. Fill the dish fingernail deep. Place into the freezer for 45 minutes or until it begins to freeze. Take a fork or spoon and stir the mixture. Freeze again for 45 minutes and stir again.
This method is helping create the snow cone/slush texture.
Who needs shaved ice? You can do this at home with out a machine!
And then...serve! Seriously, how easy and how deliciously cool and slushy is that?!
So easy, so simple, so good.
If you want a taste of the South, give this brand a try. It is the closest to home/sun/mama brewed you can get! And who doesn't love a slushy!?
*By the way...my 11 year is a sweet tea connoisseur. Yes, he takes his at room temperature and is very picky. He gives this tea a big ol' thumbs up and asked me to buy a jug only for him. If he likes it, I know it is good. Not that I would ever doubt my own taste buds! *insert laugh here*