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Old 05-02-2009, 11:16 PM
 
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I have grown to love good local sweet tea since being here for a year now. But an observation is driving me mad. It's never cold! No matter how much ice you add, how long it sits in the fridge, when you sip it, always seems to be, or feels about room temeperature?

I'm thinking it must be from all the sugar they add to it, making it kind of syrup-like? I don't know, maybe it is just my imagination?

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Old 05-02-2009, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Five Points
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The tea that mom made and now my wife's tea is darn cold after two hours in the fridge. I love it just warm and freshly brewed in a tall glass with crushed ice. Louisiane are the tea bags of choice. Just like Duke's is the only mayo for a real southerner. I could go on and on. That should be another thread.
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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The tea that mom made and now my wife's tea is darn cold after two hours in the fridge. I love it just warm and freshly brewed in a tall glass with crushed ice. Louisiane are the tea bags of choice. Just like Duke's is the only mayo for a real southerner. I could go on and on. That should be another thread.
I know, crushed ice, right? I would like a pellet ice machine for my house, how crazy is that? I definitely think that it is the ice that does the trick!!!!

leigh
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Old 05-03-2009, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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sorry just a question, what's the big deal with "sweet tea?" it's just sweetened iced tea, right? they have that everywhere...
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Old 05-03-2009, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I know a restauranrt which lists it Tea on the Menue:

Unsweetened Tea
Sweet Tea
Seriously Sweet Tea - which will put you in a diabetic coma for sure!
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Old 05-03-2009, 07:43 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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My tea gets cold.

I don't like my tea too cold unless it's really hot or summertime.
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:50 AM
 
Location: NE San Antonio
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I know, crushed ice, right? I would like a pellet ice machine for my house, how crazy is that? I definitely think that it is the ice that does the trick!!!!

leigh
Sonic sells their pellet ice by the bag. I like it better for certain drinks too!
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:02 AM
 
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I love it just warm and freshly brewed in a tall glass with crushed ice. Louisiane are the tea bags of choice. Just like Duke's is the only mayo for a real southerner. I could go on and on. That should be another thread.
Exactly! You should start that thread.
I agree, other mayos are like a whole different condiment. I've tried them and actually felt shame having a non-Duke's mayo in my fridge when people come over. I don't even try anymore... Slaw and deviled eggs are not the same without Duke's.

My tea gets cold too, but at 37, I've had to perfect the technique of making it just right over the years. I can finally make it so it tastes like the tea my grandmothers made (they didn't use a recipe or measure of course). Sometimes if you add too much sugar, it does never seem to get cold enough. Lemon juice helps in that case.
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC
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I think probably what you are finding is that at restaurants the tea is sitting out at room temperature and on a warm day you need a whole lot of ice to cool it or the ice melts too quickly and you still have room temperature key. I don't think sugar has anything to do with it. Put it in the freezer and it will still freeze.
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:16 AM
 
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Hmmmm, my sweet tea gets and stays cold. I have a feeling that you are being served extremely fresh brewed sweet tea. The simply syrup should not keep it room temp. Just ask for an extra glass of ice alongside your sweet tea.

(I love Duke's also)
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