Memorial Day is observed the last weekend of May and is considered by many to be the official kick-off for summer. Most Americans know that Memorial Day is more than just a great time to fire up the outdoor grill â€“ it’s a day to honor and remember our fallen soldiers. The firstÂ official observanceÂ of Memorial day was May 30, 1868 when, at Arlington Cemetery, flowers were placed on the graves of both Confederate and Union soldiers. Though it may have somber roots, Memorial Day is a time to appreciate friends and family and remember those who are no longer with us.
It seems all patriotic holidays are best celebrated with an outdoor barbecue. Maybe thatâ€™s because outdoor cooking lends itself to casual, family-friendly entertaining and traditional American fare. This year you can kick up your Memorial Day menu with bold versions of classic summer foods.
You need a refreshing drink to balance the spicy, robust flavors of grilled foods, and whatâ€™s more Americana that classic sweet tea?
For 2 quarts:
- 2 cups boiling water
- 6 black tea bags
- Â¾ cup raw sugar
- 6 cups cool water [Read more…]