Tasty Tuesday - Not So Sweet Tea

Not So Sweet Tea

I love iced tea.

When I was little my mom would make iced tea all summer long and I always had to drink from her glass. For some reason it tasted better than the glass of iced tea I poured for myself. (My kids do this to me now and it irritates me to no end. So sorry mom!!)

We have been living in North Carolina for just over a year now. I’m very much enjoying the Southern hospitality, mild winters, beautiful fall weather, and early spring gardens. I love nearly everything about the South. Except for the summer heat and–please don’t lynch me–sweet tea.

It’s too sweet and there is a bitter aftertaste I just can’t stomach.

After trial and error I found a perfect alternative to traditional Southern sweet tea. Super simple and, IMHO, delicious.

I boil about 6 cups of water in my Proctor Silex electric kettle* (we have gone through 4 “top of the line” kettles in 3 years… I bought this one because it was CHEAP and figured it wouldn’t hurt as much if I had to replace it in 4 months… it has lasted over a year), pour the boiling water over a Luzianne* decaffeinated iced tea bag, steep for 3-4 minutes (any longer and it gets too bitter for me) and, in place of simple syrup, I make my “sweet” iced tea with natural Stevia* powder. Then I pour the tea in a Rubbermaid pitcher* filled with ice.

Tasty Tuesday - Not So Sweet TeaBut what turns my regular old iced tea into Not So Sweet Tea, is what I add to it after 5 o’clock(ish)!

Absolut Citron and a dash of triple sec give iced tea that little kick you need after a long, hot day stuck in the house with five kids during summer break.

Okay so maybe it gives ME that little kick I need… but I’m pretty sure you will enjoy it too!

Not So Sweet Tea


Not So Sweet Tea

Take your favorite iced tea and kick it up a notch or two with Absolute Citron!

  • Author: Kate Kelly - My Mommy Brain
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: alcoholic beverage


  • 4 cups iced tea [img src=”https://lifeofaginger.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/not-so-sweet-tea800x962header-249×300.jpg” width=”249″ height=”300″ class=”alignright size-medium” title=”Tasty Tuesday – Not So Sweet Tea” alt=”Tasty Tuesday – Not So Sweet Tea”]
  • 1 1/4 cup Absolut Citron (or your favorite lemon flavored vodka)
  • 1 T triple sec (optional)
  • ice


  1. Fill a pitcher with ice
  2. Add iced tea, Citron and triple sec
  3. Stir
  4. Pour into a glass filled with ice
  5. Enjoy!


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Comments 27

  1. I actually don't like tea at all, which is funny since I live in the South. That cocktail sounds like a nice switch up on it.

  2. When I was young I swear my mom had in iced tea addiction. Never sweet though. And when friends would come over for their game night they would find ways to dr it up. lol

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      It's lovely. Very refreshing! I like to sit on our front porch, watch the sun set and drink my iced tea. Well, for except the past few weeks…. we are experiencing a heat wave. It has hit 100 four times this week alone! Yikes! It's going to be a long summer.

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