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Sweet tea, a staple of the South.


ByLINDA MASTERS Living Well Food Editor Photos by KEVIN PIEPER


It’s hot, it’s humid and nothing quells the heat of summer


better than a tall, iced beverage. Iremember as a child the sweltering summer heat and


sleeping uncomfortably in a second-floor bedroom, praying for a breeze to enter through the screened window. This was, of course, before the days of air conditioning.Mymomused to whip up a concoction that was a simple blend of fruit juices, and her iced fruit medley really hit the spot on those hot summer nights. Cool, summer beverages still make a hot, humid day seem


more bearable—air conditioning or not. Here are a few recipes to give you a welcome chill when the heat’s beating at your door.


30 Living Well i June/July 2014


SWEET TEA


Nina Huddleston’s tea is legendary, a favorite of her family and friends.


1quart water 2family-sized tea bags (Huddleston uses decaffeinated Luzianne or Lipton)


1⁄3


cup sugar Enough water to fill a 1-gallon pitcher


Bring1quart water to a boil, then remove from heat. Add tea bags. Let the tea steep for 10 minutes.


Gently remove the tea bags. Do not squeeze or dunk them multiple times. Add sugar.


Add tea mixture to a 1-gallon container. Fill with water and chill. Serve over ice and enjoy.


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