Southern Sweet Tea My Way

by Pamela

sweet tea, southern sweet tea, absinthe, cocktail recipe

There are a few things I’m coming to learn about Texas. There’s lots of churches, there’s lots of humidity, there’s lots of road construction, there’s lots of nice people and there’s LOTS of southern sweet tea! With the amount of sweet tea I’ve seen consumed, in the short time I’ve been here, I’m coming to think that Texans blood is at least 50% sweet tea. I can’t say that I’m a fan of the traditional sweet tea, but I’ve come up with a version that I really do like.

It all started with an idea to read the classics and some of the old big named authors. While I read quite a few books for high school (of the literary sort…not scholarly sort), I never really felt like I read enough. After listening to enough comedians and speakers reference lines from some the great classic stories, I realized that I felt out of the loop. (If comedians are referencing classic literature in their jokes, shouldn’t I at least know what they’re talking about?) So I started reading.

I picked up Bronte and Bukowski, Hemingway and Thoreau, a little Machiavelli and Capote too. Yes, it’s an eclectic bunch and yes, there were many more. But I have to say, I have found myself really loving the way Truman Capote tells a story. What does this have to do with Southern Sweet Tea?

Well, Truman Capote was a southern boy at heart. While he lived and traveled all over the world, he was truly at home when he was down south. You can pick up his southerness in just about everything he wrote.

Sweet Tea with Absinthe

While reading one of his short stories, I came across a line where he talked about drinking sweet tea with Absinthe. HUZZAH!!!!! That was it! I knew it when I read it that I was going to have to make it. I made it, and now I have to share it. It’s just.that.good. (Yes, I clearly have a “thing” for authors and their cocktails. Remember the Hemingway daiquiri recipe?)

So kick off your shoes, make yourself a little cocktail, prop up your feet and sit back and relax. Let this sweet southern tea do its thing.

Southern Sweet Tea My Way
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This is not your classic southern sweet tea recipe, but it should be! This sweet tea recipe will have you chilling and relaxing in no time.
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Southern
Serves: 1
  • 2 Teaspoons Sugar
  • 6 Large, Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 1½ Ounces Absinthe
  • 8 Ounces Iced Tea (It's best if the tea is cold from the refrigerator)
  • Lemon Wedge (for garnish)
  • Mint Sprig (for garnish)
  1. Add the sugar to a heavy bottomed 16 ounce glass followed by the mint leaves.
  2. Muddle the mint and sugar until all you have is a green, grainy pulp.
  3. Add the Absinthe.
  4. Fill the glass with crushed ice.
  5. Top off with iced tea.
  6. Garnish with a lemon wedge, sprig of mint and a straw.
  7. Then you just give that straw a good stir to kick up the sugar, mint and Absinthe into the tea. Take a sip and relax.
I like to use sun tea in this cocktail. It may or may not taste different, but I really like sun tea. You can make your tea however you like. Just make sure it's the standard pekoe tea. I can't vouch for the taste with other types of tea.


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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef May 24, 2014 at 4:38 pm

It’s only Southern sweet tea if it’s all one word. Sweetea, right?

I haven’t made it in a long time but I remember bucketloads of Luzianne in my past.

Pamela May 25, 2014 at 6:41 am

I think you’re correct with that Maureen. 🙂 But this is Southern Sweet Tea that’ll knock you on your butt if if you drink a couple of glasses…not just send your sugar levels soaring. LOL

Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) May 23, 2014 at 3:50 pm

You definitely know how to make a nice sweet tea!

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