While foxhunting in Ireland, we discovered Barry’s Gold Blend Tea, which is the company’s flagship brand.  This is the finest quality tea from the high mountain slopes of Kenya and the Assam Valley of India, which are skillfully selected for Gold Blend.  We drink it as Irish breakfast tea, combined with cream and sugar for afternoon high tea, and we discovered it does great as a Southern Sweet Tea.

Here’s the recipe for the perfect southern sweet tea:

  • 3 quarts cold water
  • 4 pitcher-size cold brew tea bags
  • Simple Sugar Mixture, recipe follows
  • Lemon slices, for garnish
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish

Bring the water to a boil. Remove from heat, pour into a pitcher, and steep the tea bags about 5 minutes. Mix the sugar mixture into the iced tea. Mix well.

Pour the drink mix over ice cubes in a glass. Garnish with 2 lemon slices and a sprig of mint.  Or add 2 sliced lemons and a few springs to a whole pitcher and serve up party style.

Simple Sugar Mixture:

  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and add sugar. Stir to combine.