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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-16-08 04:55 PM
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4. I would say if it is foul, they didn't make it right. As an old Southern life long
sweet tea drinker I can tell you that if it is made correctly it is wonderfully refreshing, especially if you put fresh lemon in it.

The fast food places get a tea concentrate that is diluted for serving. If they don't mix it right it comes out bad, same as if the coke syrup and carbonated water mix is off. Also, if the tea is sitting around too long it gets funky...a very musty undertaste and can even go sour which makes it taste very OFF.

I got some sweet tea at a Wendy's in Nashville once that I had to throw out, it was God Awful. I should think anyone in Nashville would know that the tea didn't taste right, and I think that it was both mixed incorrectly and possibly held over from the day before.

Sometimes I get them to mix the sweet and regular when I order. At Chicken Express (*which has great tea but it is sweeter than I like) that is the way to go.

Sweet tea was pretty much not found outside of the Southeast and parts of Texas in restaurants until the Danner restaurants started offering it at Shoney's, Captain D's and some of their other places. Grandy's also offered sweet tea early on, and all these places usually have excellent tea.

The tea base needs to be good and strong, with fresh tea. Then you dilute it or you can just pour it straight over the ice.
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