You’re not considered a real Southerner unless you take your tea extra sweet. We’re not talking three packets of sugar sweet. No, that’s for Northerners and amateurs. Authentic sweet tea is so sweet that it gives the Kool-Aid man a run for his money.

As a way to enjoy the dessert beverage (because let’s be honest, you’re essentially sipping on sugar water with a hint of tea), we’ve rounded up nine creative an unconventional ways to incorporate sweet tea into your cooking. From fried chicken to pie, there’s a recipe for every meal. Scroll down to check them out!

Sweet Tea and Vodka Slushee

The best thing about this drink is that the sugar can mask any amount of vodka. That also happens to be the worst part of this drink. Hello, hangover. Get the recipe.

Fried Sweet Tea Chicken

Rachael Ray Show

Beat it, buttermilk. Sweet tea is not only incorporated into this succulent recipe’s brine, but it also serves as a finishing glaze. Get the recipe.

Sweet Tea Ice Cream

Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt

Think of this as iced tea with a little bit of cream. And by a little bit, we really mean a lot. Frankly, who’s complaining? This summertime treat is just what the doctor lifeguard ordered. Get the recipe.

Sweet Tea Pork Jerky

Girls Can Grill

It’s an undisputed fact that sweet pork jerky is one of the best high protein snacks you can find. Grill up a batch in your own backyard or force a good friend to make it for you. Get the recipe.

Sweet Tea Berry Sangria

The Bewitchin Kitchen

Frankly, if you mix white wine with anything, it’s still bound to taste good. Berries and sweet tea are obviously no exception. Consider this Paula Deen’s idea of a sangria. Get the recipe.

Sweet Tea Turkey

Cooking with Janica

The Thanksgiving bird gets a Southern upgrade with this sweet tea breast that’s heavy on the citrus. Tea time has never sounded more delicious. Get the recipe.

Moonshine and Sweet Tea Cupcakes

Cupcake Project

We’re not always a fan of liquor interfering with our dessert, but for these we’ll make an exception. Moonshine and sweet tea go together like a Georgia peaches and cream. Get the recipe.

Sweet Tea Pie

Taste of the South Magazine

Some sweet tea pie for your sweetie pie is probably the most adorable thing you can make for your honey’s birthday. You’re welcome for the pun that will most certainly go in the Hallmark card. Get the recipe.

Sweet Tea Popsicles

The Chic Site

If you’re tired of sipping, freeze your tea and opt for licking. It’s our favorite way to combat the dog days of summer. Get the recipe.

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