Storytelling & Sweet Tea {Tennessee Tea Recipe}

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Storytelling and Sweet Tea - a recipe for Tennessee Tea

Now, I have always been a little chatty.  If you ask my mom, she can pull out report cards from year after year with the box checked off next to “Excessive Talking.”  I don’t mind public speaking and I can strike up a conversation with just about anyone.  And that very thing happened this weekend.  So, I am waxing a little poetic today with a little storytelling and sweet tea.  And a pretty fantastic recipe for Tennessee Tea.

Tennessee tea - a sweet twist on a Southern classic!

My cashier was ringing up my groceries and we were making small talk.  As she scanned a bottle of sparkling apple juice, she looked up, puzzled that the register didn’t prompt her to ask for ID.  “Oh, I thought this was the good stuff!”  Nope, just a little fizzy juice. So, I told her I was planning to add it to sweet tea for a fun Summer drink.

Her – “Oh, speaking of sweet tea …”

{Isn’t that how every good story should start? “Speaking of …” }

“This little old lady I knew growing up, hmmm, I can’t quite remember her name, made Tennessee Tea for us every time we went to her house.”

Me – “Tennessee Tea?”

Her – “Well, it was just sweet tea and root beer – isn’t that funny?  But sometimes, she would freeze it and then scrape it into a bowl for us to eat with a spoon.”

Me – “Like a granita?”

Her – {with a little laugh} “Whatever you call it, it was delicious!”  {And a little softer as she packaged our bread.}  “I’m sure she’s passed on now.  I haven’t thought about that tea for years.”

And it struck me, standing in the grocery store, that I just experienced the true magic of sharing a sweet little memory.  In casual conversation, over a bar code and boxes of cereal.  Passing on a piece of tradition that otherwise might get lost in history and with the passing of time.

So today, I am sharing the very taste of her memory and tradition with you … Tennessee Tea.

Tennessee Tea - a twist on a Southern classic!

Tennessee Tea


  • One Lipton Refresh Sweet Tea K-cup
  • 2 -3 oz. Chilled Root Beer
  • One 12 oz. plastic cup filled with ice


  1. Brew the Lipton Refresh sweet tea K-cup (6 or 8 oz.) into a 12 oz. plastic cup filled with ice.
  2. Top off with root beer.
  3. Stir a bit with a straw, sip and enjoy!

Since time is short and life is sweet, I’ve been making my Summer sweet tea with Lipton K-cups lately.  Just pop a cup full of ice in your Keurig (I have been using those cute little 12 oz. plastic mason jar cups), put in a Lipton K-cup and hit the 6 oz. or 8 oz. brew. It is so quick and easy!  Iced tea lemonade, refresh iced sweet tea, classic unsweetened iced tea … there are at least 5 different flavors that can be ready in minutes!.

Got sweet tea?  Now you do!

I’m fairly certain, now that we are hooked on Tennessee Tea, this sweet tea Tennessee Tea bar is going to be set up all Summer long.

Celebrate Summer with a sweet tea Tennessee tea bar!

Want to see this sweet tea Tennessee tea bar in action?  Here, I’ll brew a cup just for you!

If sweet tea sings in your veins, too, come on over!  I’ll put out a plate of sugar cookies and we’ll sit on the front porch catchin’ up, sipping a little Tennessee Tea!

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A few more drinks for front porch sippin’ …


  1. I have never heard of this, it sounds wonderful!!!!

  2. I totally want to try this now! :)

  3. I’ve heard of an Arnold Palmer (tea and lemonade) but never root beer! I’m going to try this! :)

  4. Wow! What a fun recipe…I’m so glad you gave it a go because now I want to! We have a Keurig and root beer in the fridge – – just gotta get a hold of some of those Lipton Iced Tea K-Cups. Thanks for the tip!

  5. I love the story behind this recipe. I’ve go to try this soon!

  6. I’m trying this this weekend! Yummy!

  7. Looks delicious, thanks for the recipe!

  8. Thanks for sharing this on Cook it! Craft it! Share it! :)

  9. This sounds amazingly easy…I will definitely make this for my next summer workshop… Thank you for sharing!

  10. JaneEllen says:

    Where did you get the plastic handled mason jar cups? They’re quite adorable. That sounds good. Having lived in KY we had occasion to sample some sweet tea. Think many folks have their own idea what sweet tea should be. I would have never thought of putting root beer in tea. Why not huh? Will see if I can make a much lower sugar content TN tea. Now see what you’ve started?
    Hope your summer is going along quite well for you.

  11. I love this idea. I live near Nashville for 2 years a little while ago and I just loved the fruit tea there. Obviously this is not the same but sounds pretty good. Definitely going to try it!!

  12. G’day from Oz! I wish we had those Keurig coffee makers here in Australia. They are so versatile. Your recipe sounds amazing!

    If you have a minute to spare I’d be so thrilled if you could pop by and share your post at my weekly Say G’day linky party. It’s on now and this would be a fabulous addition!

    Best wishes for a lovely week,
    Natasha in Oz

  13. Interesting! Never heard of “Tennessee Tea” before, but I love iced tea and root beer, so I should give this a try! I am sure my kids would like it! Visiting from Haven Mavens 14 — hope to meet you at Haven! :)


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