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 and 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 Scones
Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
Scones may be a British tea tradition, but these exude Southern charm thanks to the sweet tea flavor infused into the dough and the icing on top. Get the recipe.
Sweet Tea Ribs
Scott Thomas, The Grillin’ Fools
Brining baby back ribs in sweet tea is a brilliant move, and makes for a crowd-pleasing summer barbecue centerpiece. 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
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 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.