Sweet Tea Pickles – A unique recipe with the taste of Southern sweet tea flavor in every briny bite. No canning required!
One short day and it’s already Wednesdayyy! For any Wicked fans out there I am currently channeling ‘One Short Day’ for this morning’s intro. It’s a caffeinated kinda morning, so bare with me…
Today marks part deux as part of the Recipe Redux crew!
This month’s theme is Cooking with Tea.
“Tea cups around the world are bubbling up with bold new flavors: From cardamom chai and sencha green to bubble teas and veggie teas. We wish we could attend the World Tea Expo the end of this month – but in lieu of a plane ticket, we’ll be cooking and baking and stirring up tea-inspired healthy dishes.”
Now when I sat down to check in on what this month’s prompt would be, I had just come back from my ‘retail therapy’ sesh from Market Basket like any 20-something gal would be racking up her credit cards with. I had just landed my hands on some clearance rack cukes that I was planning for a future recipe when my Southern Belle brain blessed her heart in with a new plan, Stan.
Now I don’t know where my mind comes up with these things. It just…happens. Mayyybe it was could have been from that time I jumped out of a plane…
…Or had my 7 seconds in Honkeytonk with a bull named fu manchu…
…Or maybe even that time I didn’t go to Church on Sunday.
[photo cred to The Pug Father]
But darn tootin’ you should be happy my brain operates this way.
Now you can have your Pimento Cheese sandwich and Sweet Tea all in one bite! They’re sweet. They’re tangy. They’re tea…ey. And if you eat the entire jar in one sitting, I can guarantee you’ll be sitting in a rocking chair on a big ol’ porch for the rest of the night. And the world is okay again..
- 3 medium pickling cucumbers, sliced thin
- 2 black tea bags
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- ⅓ cup sugar
- lemon slices (optional)
- Slice cucumbers and lemons (if using) and add to 16 oz glass jar, or container with lid.
- Bring ½ cup water to a boil in a small saucepan.
- Pour water over tea bags in a heat-safe bowl and steep for 5 minutes.
- Combine remaining water, vinegar, and sugar in saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
- Discard tea bags and add tea to vinegar mixture.
- Pour over cucumbers and cool to room temperature on counter.
- Cover and refrigerate at least 2 days and up to 2 months.
Now I don’t know how sacrilegious it is to put lemon in sweet tea, but I slipped a few slices in my mason jar of
moonshine sweet tea pickles. Maybe they mentioned it during that sermon I missed…
Now unlike a gallon of milk or leftover french fries, these darlin’s get better with age. My jar has been aging for 2 weeks, a rare breed indeed.
And hey, after all the pickles are gone, you can wash it all down with that aged Sweet Tea! I’m sure it has to be medicinal for something in Texas.
Just be sure to give it a good swirl and pinky out. You are drinking from a Mason jar after all.
Now come check out the tea lovin’ recipes from all the other recipe reduxers!
Happy Eatin’ Y’all!
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