Swamp Hard Iced Sweet Tea with Vodka & Grenadine

Since moving from the Midwest to the East Coast, we have so far had 2 hurricanes, an earthquake, 4 major blizzards, several tornadoes and the many Norwegians, and my hubby has become quite the talented lumberjack! This stump is from a 90-foot tree that broke in half, about 45 feet up, and fell on the house during our first storm, Hurricane Irene, and my hubby had to remove it from the roof and then take the other half down. I was so scared because we are still talking a good 45 foot tree to get down !!


This cracked up so high, even standing all the way back to the fence I couldn't get but parts of it in the pictures!

Partially removed, but still more to go!


What a nasty mess, hey ?! And that was just a small part of ours first storm! But my husband couldn't have done a more professional job! He cut it perfectly to fall into the woods next to the house! Boy was it HIGH when it fell too! It shook the whole house! I was so grateful that everything went as planned! Since then, he had to take 2 more down from Hurricane Sandy, and the city had to take one down in front of the road just a few weeks ago. We still have too many that are dangerous now, but they are too close to the house, and especially one that needs a pro to deal with. But I think my hubby has done a wonderful job so far!

Farm work of any kind is difficult occupation! Especially in the scorching hot sun, so I always have plenty of sweet tea available to him! On a super hot day, he can bring down 3 glasses, one after the other, to quench the thirst! Of course we go through lots of sweet tea! At least one 3-quart pitcher a day! And every now and then we enjoy a "hard iced tea" added with an equal sumthin & # 39; sumthin & # 39;! 😉 This one is actually mine personal favorite! One shot each vodka and good old fashioned grenadine! What – – one – – treats !!! Absolutely delicious !! And a HIT in the summer backyard barbecue and parties, too! However, just be careful with these! Vodka has no taste and you don't even notice it's there until you've had too many and go to get up! So always, of course, drink responsibly and do not drive, and do not let your friends or your family drive.

Welp, we have another heat wave arriving this week, so I'm sure I'll enjoy a few more of these before the end of this summer! I hope you try this sometime soon too! You really want to enjoy this beautiful, deep ruby, thirst quenching, sweet treat! So invite a friend over and relax on the porch and enjoy the rest of the summer! Have a great day everyone!


Makes 1 gallon (About 15 servings – 10 oz. pour over a little ice in a 12 oz. glass)

3 cups of boiling water

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

10 tea bags

2 cups sugar

1 1/2 cup of vodka

1 1/2 cup Grenadines

cold water to fill to gallon mark


In a large glass measuring jug, place 3 cups water in microwave and nuke on high until boiling. Mine takes almost 5 minutes to cook. Carefully remove, add baking soda, let dizzy down, and stir until dissolved. Add tea bags, pull in, cover with a small plate, and let steep for 30 minutes.

Remove tea bags, squeeze out excess tea with the back of the spoon toward measuring the jug first. Add sugar and stir quickly until dissolved, approx. 30 seconds. In 1 gallon jug or jug, fill 1/3 of the way with cold water, add vodka and grenadine. Add sweet tea concentrate, fill the rest of the way with cold water. Stir or lid tightly, and shake to mix it. Refrigerator for cooling.

To serve, add a few ice cubes to high glasses, pour cooled sweet, hard ice cream over the ice. Enjoy!!

NOTE: Never pour hot tea concentrate directly into a glass jug without first adding cold water / ingredients to reduce heat or you can break your jug ​​from the still very hot liquid!

* Do you just want a spiked glass from a jug of sweet tea? My regular sweet tea uses 3 cups of boiling water, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 9 tea bags, 2 cups sugar and cold water to fill 3 liters follow the same basic directions. (* REMEMBER! If you use one, add some cold water to the jug first glass jug to prevent breakage.) Pour 1 oz to make a glass. vodka and 1 oz. grenadine over a little ice in 12 oz. glass. Add 8 – 10 oz. sweet tea. (10 oz. = 1 1/4 cups.) Stir and enjoy!

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