Ughh. Tonight is the first night that I haven’t been able to sleep in a long while. Insomnia must really blow. It just so happens that I was thinking about tea and making myself a cup. It’s a very involved process– tea is. Do we have cream, would I wake the whole house when I shake my fake sugar out of its packets (and then send Monster Dog into a frenzy), do I use loose tea leaves (do I have loose tea leaves?) or do I use the tea that my best friend brings back from England, or the tea that reminds me of my mother, or the tea that comes out looking and tasting like Koolaid? So many choices… so many options… so many concoctions.

Simply put — I love tea. That’s pretty much it. I could say that I fix it one way… but I don’t. I like some teas plain, other teas with milk and LOTS of sugar, some teas with just sugar, but never with lemon because that’s just gross.

Some people are tea snobs. Some people just don’t care. I like to think of myself as being somewhere in between. I’ve grown up drinking tea. My mother always had a glass when we were younger and my father would usually order Oolong tea whenever we went to an authentic asian restaurant, and then my English best friend and I are always drinking tea, either together, alone, or with her family. While here I am talking about hot teas… growing up in the South and being a true Southern woman — I appreciate the work (or lack thereof) that goes into Southern Iced Sweet Tea. There is usually a perfect ratio of sugar to water/tea. It’s a concoction that has been mastered so that it is disgustingly sweet and makes you forget about the sauna that is your backyard.

Enough Talk… Here are some of my favorites.

Milk and sugar teas:

This is my go-to Tea. It’s delicious. My other favorite black tea’s are Earl Grey and good ole English Breakfast.

This is arguably the best tea in the world. Try it if ever given the opportunity.

Plain Tea:

Oolong (Chinese Tea)

I love this tea because it reminds me of my Dad. But to be honest it taste like water… with a hint of something woodsy. Sounds tasty, right?

This is a tea that I put absolutely nothing in. It warms your body and leaves you with a refreshing mint after taste. There’s something really nice about that. Especially when you have been sitting in studio for over 12 hours in one chair and have been throwing down coffee after coffee with maybe one or two Red Bull’s and 5 hour Energy shots. Sounds Disgusting, right? It’s nice to detox the body sometimes.

Chamomile Tea

Now its not often that I want Chamomile Tea, but… there are some days when you want to curl up with a book or throw on a cheesy Jane Austin film and Chamomile is the perfect tea that complements both of those really well.

Sweet Teas:

My boyfriend turned me onto this. Its delicious. I haven’t tasted a bad flavor. Our favorite is the Mint and Honey but the Pomegranate is a close second.

Ahhhh… yummy yummy – Milo’s Sweet Tea is the BEST Southern Sweet Tea in the WORLD.

If you’re not from Alabama I doubt you’ll ever get to taste this — too bad so sad — more for me! I’m making sure that I take a few gallons back to school with me when summer is over. A southern girl should never be too far from a. home b. her dog and c. her sweet tea.

Good Ole Southern Iced Sweet Tea

Tea’s you shouldn’t bother with (They don’t even deserve a picture):

  • Arizona Sweet Tea with Lemon
  • Irish Breakfast — grrr.oss.

Alright… my insomnia is in check. This little girl is off to bed. pltw.

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