Sweet Tea…Honest Tea

[ 6 ] February 21, 2012 |

After living in North Carolina, it’s kind of hard not to like sweet tea.  It is everywhere.  The thing about my lifestyle in D.C., however, is that sweet tea is almost non-existent.  Try visiting a restaurant and saying you want some sweet tea, the waiter will promptly bring over the tea and the mini packets of Equal.  The challenge is not only finding it in restaurants but finding it in the grocery stores and markets around the area.  Now I’m talking about GOOD sweet tea…not that stuff that tastes like over processed powdered sugar.  When Honest Tea decided to liven up my Valentine’s Day with a bouquet of Sweet Tea, I was intrigued to see if it could muster the challenge of winning my sweet tea affection.

It did the trick.  The brewed tea flavor with a hint of sugar makes this tea a better candidate for my health concerns than other sweet teas I have had in the past.  Honest Tea’s brand is all about that: healthy, organic teas with plenty of flavor.  The tea does lack in some of the major characteristics of authentic Southern sweet tea with the recipe needing a tad more lemon and maybe tagging on some minty flavor to give it a more fresh appeal.  The key to good sweet tea is not simply pouring in tons of sugar, it is an art, if I do say so myself, that includes a nice balance of tea, sugar, lemon and mint.

Honest Tea does an excellent job at keeping buyers in the healthy zone and I am certainly glad they decided to play with sweet tea.  Really it’s not them who needs to change the recipe…I could simply fill my pitcher with their sweet tea, some ice cubes, a few slices of lemon and mint leaves and serve it up! Like the old saying says “fake it ‘til you make it”…Sweet tea anyone??

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Johnna Rowe is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Washington, DC and North Carolina. All three places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. Rowe, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. Rowe has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9 and WJLA’s News Channel 8.

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  1. Tya Travers says:

    hey Johnna!! Gurl knot sure if u kno it or not. But that’s all i drink is Tea! when i saw the subject i just had to read it. Im constantly tryna find good tea around the cite and surrounding areas. I have seen this Honest and wonderded how it taste but none of those bottled Tea’s ever live up to reel brewes NC fresh tea. So i have never tried it. After reading this i think i will. THanks! Gurl the closest i get to southern tea is the Tea at McDonalds. I get at least 2 teas from Mcdonalds each and every single day! Because i absolutley LUV ICE TEA. Im goin to buy 1 of these Honest teas today and let you know what i think. I always look forward to my visits to North Carolina, one of the main reasons is FOR THE FRESH BREWED ICE T that u can get anywhere and also for this food place called “COOKOUT”… omg i cant get to NC fast enuff.

    Have a great day and Thanks for Sharing!

  2. L. Denise says:

    (What a CUTE bouquet.) Yuuuum! I’m a fan, for sure.

  3. Elisha says:

    Maybe because I’m still in NC but nothing can compare to that good ole fashion Grandma sweet tea with second best Golden Skillet sweet tea.

  4. Johnna says:

    Ha! Love it Tya! Honest Tea is not as sweet as Carolina Iced Tea but with the mint and lemon and maybe a little more sugar, you can get that flavor you might find at a Cookout. I like Honest Tea because it does take out the heavy sugar especially if I want to drink sweet tea everyday and not run up my sugar count too high. Let me know what you think, you are an expert tea drinker;-)

  5. Johnna says:

    Thanks L. Denise!! I am still drinking those…

  6. Johnna says:

    lOl! What you know about that Golden Skillet?! *Love it*

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