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Old 02-22-2013, 07:27 PM
 
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I'm from NC and I went to visit New York City and I asked for sweet tea and they gave me a weird look and just gave me unsweetened tea with some sugar packs to put in it.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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I'm from NC and I went to visit New York City and I asked for sweet tea and they gave me a weird look and just gave me unsweetened tea with some sugar packs to put in it.
Sweet tea has roots in the south and rural areas, but don't kid yourself -- sweet tea can be found a lot of places north of the Mason-Dixon. That said, I wouldn't expect it to be popular in NYC.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:23 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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Sweet tea has roots in the south and rural areas, but don't kid yourself -- sweet tea can be found a lot of places north of the Mason-Dixon. That said, I wouldn't expect it to be popular in NYC.
Except in African-American neighborhoods. Because so many of us are from the South or have roots there, the sweet tea thing is often the default and if you want unsweetened tea you have to ask for it specifically.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Chicago(Northside)
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I drink it and i live in the north.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:07 PM
 
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I'd never had it until we moved south (now back in the north). As to why so many northerners don't drink it -- probably because they don't have the opportunity, as much as anything. If you're not used to drinking it and you're not exposed to it by your family or friends or while at restaurants, etc., then you won't even know to drink it! Now that I know it exists I notice it sometimes, but perhaps because I didn't grow up with it I just don't crave it.

As to why northerners don't traditionally drink it -- no idea about that, but there are a number of other types of foods that also have a north/south split, often due to historic patterns in trade, different ethnic origins/influences, different climates, etc.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:37 PM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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It's too sweet.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:44 PM
 
Location: the living desert
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It's pretty sweet, but it's delicious. Perhaps coffee is the beverage of choice there.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Not really a Northerner, has it occurred to you that not everyone likes it? When I was in NC, I gave up and stuck to water. All I wanted was a decent hot tea with a splash of milk, no sugar. Tea, tea everywhere and not a drop to drink. :P
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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Up North we just call it iced tea. It's pretty much the same thing as sweet tea. Its quite common up here for restaurants to have iced tea on the menu.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:42 PM
 
Location: classified
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Up North we just call it iced tea. It's pretty much the same thing as sweet tea.
Not really since sweet tea has alot more sugar than your standard iced tea.

Personally I can't stand the stuff.
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