All About Sweet Tea, the South’s Favorite Beverage

October 30, 2016

If one drink can define a region, this is it

Close your eyes and picture your stereotypical idea of “the South.” You might see folks in their Sunday best, sitting on a shady front porch and enjoying glasses of sweet tea from a large pitcher. It’s a cliche, but like most cliches, there’s a dollop truth to it. Sweet tea is the elixir of the genteel, Southern gods.

Why, though, is the sucrose-laden beverage ubiquitous in the South and mostly ignored everywhere else in America? What’s the story behind sweet tea?

When did Americans begin drinking tea?

Consumption of hot