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The Sweet Tea Line
Every summer my mother put fresh mint in our tea. She grew her own in the backyard in the small
town where I grew up. When she served the cool drink, just seeing it tantalized my taste buds. North Carolina
When I got tall enough to reach the kitchen counter, Mother gazed at me with intense dark eyes.
“I’ll let you make the tea. It’s easy.”
She showed me how to cover five tea bags with water in a saucepan, bring it to a boil and let it steep.
“While you’re waiting…” she picked up our tea pitcher… “pour the sugar in here until it looks right.”
Demonstrating, Mother turned up the Dixie Crystal bag and emptied about one-and-a-half to two cups. Then she put in lemon juice until it looked right, about two tablespoons. She added the tea and filled the pitcher with water the rest of the way.
“That’s all there is to it.” She served up two glasses and topped them off with sprigs of mint.
I’ve been making it ever since. For a Southerner sweet tea is both a necessity and a delicacy offered with each meal. Most of us have discriminating tea tastes.
I was married before I realized other people lived without it. The day I found out, my husband and I were on our way to
. We stopped for lunch in Michigan . Indiana
When the waitress came to take our order, I asked for sweet tea.
She raised her blonde eyebrows. “I’m sorry, ma’am, we don’t have sweet tea. We have raspberry tea if you’d like.”
For several seconds I sat speechless, thinking how do people eat without sweet tea? I shook my head to clear it. “Yes, thank you, raspberry tea will be fine.”
Now don’t get me wrong, I liked the raspberry tea, but it’s no substitute for sweet tea.
After I moved to
I heard people refer to the gnat line. A person can travel south from Georgia Atlanta and get to just below and sure enough the gnats show up. Macon
There’s a sweet tea line too. If one travels far enough north or west the sweet tea runs out.
When our daughter attended college in
, the town where she lived served sweet tea. But when we rode forty miles northeast to have dinner with friends, we passed the sweet tea line. Kentucky
My cousin who grew up in
California says, “To this day, I do not believe I have ever seen sweet tea on a menu in . And during my west to east coast trips via car, I must say, I do not remember sweet tea offered anywhere except in the southern belt.” California
I have another cousin, originally from
New York, who now lives in . She drives in the southeast as well as the northeast. Once she gets into parts of Virginia and Washington, D. C., she finds no sweet tea. Florida
Two relatives who travel from
Georgia to have different memories. One says, “Sweet tea--only in the south.” The other thinks he once drank it in Canada . West Virginia
It would be interesting to know how many towns bordering the southern sweet tea line serve the refreshing drink. Comments answering the following questions should help.
Have you passed the sweet tea line? How far did you travel from the south before the sweet tea ran out? And where were you?
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