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Cool Off This Summer with Southern Breeze Sweet Tea

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img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-8148″ src=”https://spicysouthernkitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/southern-breeze-sweet-tea.jpg” alt=”#SouthernBreezeSweetTea” width=”525″ height=”740″ /> Southerners have been drinking sweet tea for generations to help cool off during the summer months and the rest of the year too. If you’ve ever had sweet tea before, you know that it is incredibly sweet. But all that sweetness takes a hefty amount of sugar. Since we are all more conscious about our sugar intake these days, I was really excited to try Southern Breeze Sweet Tea, the zero calorie sweet tea. The fact that it is sweetened with Splenda and has zero calories isn’t the only thing that’s unique about Southern Breeze Sweet Tea. This tea tastes like your grandmother’s sweet tea, but it’s easier to make. The sweetener is in the tea bag. How genius is that? Not only do you get to skip a whole step in the sweet tea making process, but the makers of Southern Breeze Sweet Tea have figured out the perfect ratio of tea to sweetener. #SouthernBreezeSweetTea To make Southern Breeze Sweet Tea, just hot water brew as you would ordinary tea bags. Steep 1 or 2 of the family size tea bags for 3 to 5 minutes and then chill. #SouthernBreezeSweetTea You will have perfectly flavored and sweetened tea with a completely smooth taste and none of the bitterness you can sometimes get when you make your own tea. The family-sized tea bags contain only real tea leaves and sweetener. southern breeze sweet tea1 Back in the days before air conditioning, sweet tea was enjoyed out on the porch where you could hopefully get a little breeze while drinking it. I still feel like it should be enjoyed outside no matter how hot it is. darla sweet tea I just wish I could give my dog some refreshing sweet tea to help her cool off. With her thick black fur, she has a tough time during the summer. My husband bought her a little turtle swimming pool to cool off in, but as of yet I haven’t been able to convince her to get in.  She thinks I want to give her a bath. darla pool sweet tea A couple more tries and I’m filling it with dirt and turning it into a garden. Maybe I’ll plant some mint to go with my sweet tea. I like to use pretty much anything I can get my hands on to cook with, including sweet tea. I’ve been dying to try brining chicken or pork in sweet tea.  I made some sweet tea muffins with sweet tea cream cheese glaze this past weekend. Since I saved so many calories drinking zero calorie Southern Breeze Sweet Tea, I decided I could splurge with a sweet treat. I steeped a couple of bags of Southern Breeze in some milk to flavor the muffin batter. Then I used leftover sweet tea to add to the glaze. They made a wonderful afternoon snack. Life is better when you have sweet tea in your glass and your food. Thanks to Southern Breeze Sweet Tea, one lucky person will win a box of Southern Breeze Sweet Tea and a Southern Breeze Sweet Tea Mason Jar to enjoy your tea in. (Value $10) To enter the giveaway, leave a comment letting us know what you love about sweet tea or a favorite memory of being together with family or friends and drinking sweet tea. For me sweet tea brings back memories of my grandmother. She ate like a bird, but always had a glass of tea. I think it may have been tea alone that sustained her for 87 years. One winner will be announced. Giveaway ends at midnight on June 30,2014. You must be 18 years or older and live in the Continental US. Southern Breeze Sweet Tea can be purchased at Harris Teeter, Ingles, Wegman’s, and Amazon.com. To learn more about Southern Breeze Sweet Tea  visit their website or connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Sweet Tea Muffins with Cream Cheese Glaze

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Sweet Tea Muffins

PREP: 30 mins
COOK: 15 mins
TOTAL: 45 mins
SERVINGS: 12

Ingredients

  • 2 Southern Breeze Sweet Tea bags
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Glaze

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1- 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons sweet tea

Instructions

  • Place milk in a small pot and heat just shy of simmering. Add tea bags and steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze as much of the milk out of them as you can. Remeasure milk and add additional milk to get back to 1 cup. Let cool to room temperature.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat together butter and brown sugar.
  • Add eggs one at a time, stopping to scrape down sides of the bowl. Add vegetable oil and vanilla extract.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour with baking powder, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and baking soda.
  • Add flour mixture to mixing bowl, alternating with milk. Do not overmix.
  • Scoop batter into 12 muffin cups lined with cupcake liners. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.
  • To make glaze, beat cream cheese using electric mixer. Add 1/2 cup confectioners sugar and 1 tablespoon sweet tea. Mix until smooth. Add another 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar and 2 tablespoons sweet tea. Beat until smooth. Add more sugar if you want a sweeter glaze and more tea for a thinner glaze.
  • Spread glaze on muffins. Glaze should be refrigerated. If you are not going to eat the muffins all at once, do not glaze the ones you are going to save so you do not have to refrigerate them.
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Muffin
Cuisine: Southern

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32 thoughts on “Cool Off This Summer with Southern Breeze Sweet Tea”

  1. Nothing at all better on a hot day thank sweet ice tea! I have never seen the Southern Breeze Sweet Tea bags, where di you find them?

  2. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    Too funny, we had a little pool like that for our dog and she thought it was just a giant water bowl. She wouldn’t step foot in there. Silly dog.
    This sounds delicious! My mother makes the best tea and I do what she does and it never seems the same. I think its one of those things that is better when someone else makes it 😀
    I’m gonna look for this tea. Thanks

  3. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    Sweet tea is one of my absolute favorite things about summer. I mean, I guess I could drink it all year around but it just screams summer to me. 🙂 This looks so simple; I can’t wait to try Southern Breeze’s sweet tea!

  4. Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    I love the glasses that you used for this tea, your dog is super cute (huge dog lover here!) and these muffins look fantastic, Christin! Pinned! Hope you have a great week. 🙂

  5. Arpita@ TheGastronomicBong

    The sweet tea looks very interesting.. I have never taste sweet tea though.. I hope I find sweet tea here in the UK.. Will definitely need one right now to beat the heat. Your dog is very cute btw.. 😀

  6. Samina | The Cupcake Confession

    I’ve never had sweet tea before but every time I read a Nicholas Sparks novel {which is very often} there is a mention of sweet tea IN ALMOST ALL of his books and I find myself craving it! Now I am looking right at it and I’m salivating!!!!! Does it taste like iced tea? or is the taste much different? Your dog is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE!!!!!!!!! hahahaha I can picture her not wanting to go into the turtle pool!!!!!! *-* *-* :* *cuteness overload*

  7. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    SWEET TEA MUFFINS!!!! Stop it! These look so fluffy and delicious and that glaze! I just can’t help myself with the run-ons! I’ll have to pick some of this up pronto

  8. Mary Prevost

    I am from the south, sweet tea IS my blood I swear. My grandmother’s tea was the absolute best, just right every time (I am still working on getting it right myself).

  9. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven

    Oh, man. I LOVE sweet tea! Definitely my first choice of a cool-down drink in the summer! And those muffins are just gorgeous—Loving that cream cheese glaze!

  10. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    Love that pic of your sweet pup! I hope she realizes that the little turtle pool is for her to cool off in 🙂 Sweet tea is my favorite drink to choose when I am craving something sweet and refreshing!

  11. Mary Frances

    How brilliant! You always hear about tea infused baked goods, but never SWEET tea. It sounds both refreshing and decadent all at the same time.

  12. Cailee @ hellohealthyeating.com

    Ahhh! This is so cute and fun!! And those muffins!?! How cute! What a fun idea 🙂 Love the mug!

  13. I really had not drank sweetened tea since I was a little girl, but when i started trying to cut out the sodas I tried tea again. Well my southern gal kicked in and have been drink the southern house wine since. Love it.

  14. Sueann Hurdt

    Where is this available? I make sweet tea at home, but I would love to try this product. I think my son & wife would like this also.

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      It’s available at Harris Teeter, Ingles, and Wegman’s. If you don’t have one of those stores in your area, you can order online from amazon.com.

  15. Bernadette Johnson

    Sweet tea brings back wonderful memories of living in N.Carolina for a number of years. So miss being there,but the tea helps!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Congratulations Bernadette! You are the winner of the giveaway. Will send you an email.

  16. Sheila Bisbee

    I love sweet tea, my Gramma made the best, this sounds so yummy, doubt it’s available around here tho. Would love to win just so I can try it

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