My garden is starting to get out of control. Well, maybe not the garden so much as the mint. I am starting to think it was not such a great idea to plant the mint in my herb garden – I should have planted it far, far away from everything so that when it started multiplying like rabbits (well, not exactly like rabbits) it wouldn’t take over the entire bed. On the plus side, I’m trying out all the mint recipes!
In honor of National Tea Day (Wednesday), Summerville SC – the self-proclaimed birthplace of sweet tea – decided it was time to take over the title of World’s Largest Iced Tea. Guinness Book of World Records was on the scene to make this event history, and the record was broken.
I kind of expected it to be a little bigger. I don’t know. Who am I to judge. What was REALLY impressive, however, was how long the line for sweet tea was! We were present for the sweet tea festivities and were going to half-heartedly join the line for sweet tea, but we realized it stretched a block long and went around the corner. Who knows where it ended! I prefer my tea unsweetened, and we heard this tea was so sweet it made your teeth hurt, so we never tasted the tea but we had a great time anyway. And if you’re ever in the area, rumor has it the world’s largest iced tea cup will be on permanent display!
If you’re interested in learning more, I suggest reading this highly entertaining article from the Post and Courier. The recipe for this 1425 gallon batch included 1600 lbs of sugar and 120 lbs of loose leaf tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation. You can also check out all the photos of sweet tea drinkers with their mugs of sweet tea on the Summerville, SC Facebook page.