I didn’t get into sweet tea until about 4 years ago. I just thought I didn’t like tea. I enjoyed green tea every now and then, but I thought black tea had a weird flavor. I sit here now and wonder what was wrong with my taste buds. Tea is so good. I love it all now – even black tea.
I think the first time I tried sweet tea after I was convinced I didn’t like it was at Miller’s – a fun, little restaurant my family went to often. I got their sweetened fruit tea and fell in love. How had I not liked this stuff before? So good. I was hooked. I’d get sweet tea every chance I got.
While I do love just a plain sweet tea, fruit sweet teas – like mango and peach ones – tend to be my favorite. There is one exception, though. Let’s go to Nepal, shall we?
While Keegan and I were in Nepal (you can read a little more about our time there in this post), there was a home we stayed in with the sweetest and most hospitable women I’ve ever met. She worked hard to make sure we had 3 meals a day plus snacks. Sometimes, she would make us this sweet tea with breakfast or a snack and OH.MY.GOSH. It quickly became my favorite sweet tea EVER. It was like liquid gold. We’ll go back one day just have some more of that tea. I don’t know what sort of magic she did to make it that good, but I am so thankful for all the sips I got of that tea there.
If I tried to make my own version of her tea, it probably wouldn’t be as good. For now, I’ll stick with this mango honey iced tea. It comes in at a close second for my favorite sweetened tea. We hope you like it, too.
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- 16 cups water
- 2 Tbs (10g) loose leaf black tea
- ½ c honey (160g) (local if you can)
- 2 c (200g) frozen mago, diced
- Bring water to a boil in a large pot.
- Meanwhile, dice the mango and measure out the honey and tea.
- Once the water comes to a boil, remove from heat and steep the tea for 5 minutes (or to taste).
- Remove the tea, stir in the honey and mango and let it cool completely.
- Transfer it to a new container and refrigerate.
We think this tea taste best after it has been refrigerated overnight.