No picnic in the South would be complete without a big ‘ol glass, er, jar, of sweet tea. And it just so happens that one of our favorites is blended locally at Piper & Leaf. So pick up some brew for you at one of the many farmers’ markets in the North Alabama area or on their website at We enjoyed their classic Front Porch Special blend and fruity Orange Peach blend for our picnic.


1 bag of Piper & Leaf tea


For one quart of tea, heat 1.5 cups of water to boiling and add 2.5 teaspoons of tea. Let steep for 7 minutes. Then strain and mix in 2-3 tablespoons of sugar. Pour over a quart jar full of ice.