As Southern infants, many
of us are weaned from milk with the standard half water,
half sweet tea bottle. This
would explain why pediatric dentistry is booming in the
Southern half of the United States.
Sweet tea, by definition,
is made with Luzianne tea bags - no ifs, ands, or buts.
There are other "tea" bags, but to stay
true to the Southern way of life, Luzianne is the way to
go. The amount of
sugar is debatable but the absolute minimum is one and a
half cups to two quarts of tea.
For those Southerners not 'flicted with the 'sugah
diabetes', three cups are the standard.
Sweet tea is best served mid morning to late
afternoon in order to benefit from all of its
caffeine/sugar boosts of energy.
Never drink sweet tea while watching Letterman
unless you plan on watching all of the infomercials
following him for the next two hours.
Dr. Pepper was invented by
a pharmacist in Waco, Texas in 1885.
Many recovering alcoholics survive their addiction
with a little help from this caffeine laden, sugar
dripping liquid. A
true Southerner can accurately identify a good Pepper with
its perfect ratio of carbonation and syrup at the first
sip, the beautiful burn as it travels down the throat, and
five minute high that follows.
Don't buy the hype that the diet version tastes
like the real thing ? that's like taking your Mom to the
prom and saying you were on a date.
And take a case with you when traveling north or on
a cruise ship. Plead
medical necessity, but take your own or you will be forced
to drink Mr. Pibb, a pitiful excuse for a Southern
Last but not least,
barbeque was born, reared, and perfected by the South.
You never hear about great brisket or ribs in Idaho
or Pennsylvania, do you? Sure,
they all imitate our techniques, but the fact remains that
only Southern sweat produces meat so tender it falls off
of the bone. Only
Southern ingenuity combines such diverse ingredients to
tease and tantalize the taste buds.
Only Southern skill can build grills and smokers
larger than most college dorm rooms.
Barbeque isn't just food but a way of life in the
patience of smoking meat translates into how we raise our
children, cultivate our gardens, and love our spouses.
Many people adore visiting
the South for a variety of reasons but only a few have the
gumption to move here and live among the
endure ever-changing weather conditions with sweet tea in
the summer, Dr. Pepper and barbeque all year round.
Visitors that pass through our towns and lives do
not understand how these three staples tie all Southerners
your glasses up and toast the South.
Wipe the sauce off of your face when you are