I recently spotted vintage iced tea spoons in an antiques store, and as I held the bundle of long-handled spoons in my hand, I realized how long it had been since I saw, much less used one. I bought the bunch for $5 and took them home.Then I started thinking about iced tea, a drink thats as American as Coca-Cola, but somehow never jumped the pond.The truth is, after living in France for six years, I forgot all about iced tea because over there, it doesnt exist.Now that Im back in the States, Ive swapped my afternoon coffee for iced tea. Id forgotten just how refreshing a cold glass of tea can be on a hot day. Whether served in oversize jam jars or a straight-sided 16-ouncer, the glass must be large.Iced tea isnt something to sip like a fine wine. Its meant to be gulped. Who among us in the South doesnt have happy memories of iced tea in the summertime? My mother always made it with dinner, no matter what was being served. Thats the thing about iced tea. It goes with everything.She always made it in a fat crystal pitcher, a gift when she and Daddy got married in 1956. If there was any left over, it would rest on the top shelf of the fridge with plastic film on top, for the next day.Thanks to Mom, Ill take my iced tea just about any way its given to me sweet or unsweetened, shaken and chilled or simply poured over a whole bunch of ice.Just make sure that its in a big glass. Because even the summers are bigger in Texas.