7 Must-Have Glasses of Sweet Tea Perfect for Celebrating National Iced Tea Day
There are a few things that instantly bring the south to mind: college football, hospitality, accents and fried delicacies are a few. One of the most obvious signs you might be in the South would be a glass of sweet iced tea, which like football is religion down here. There are other beverages that have come to be known as southern like Coca-Cola and Kentucky bourbon, but no drink is as widely loved & appreciated as a cold glass of sweet tea.
Liberty County actually has its own connection with the beloved beverage. In the late 1800s a Scotland native by the name of John Jackson came to our area and tried to grow tea. The soil along the coast was perfect for the crop & his results yielded much praise from tea import houses in New York. Despite his success, his funding was sent to South Carolina when political tides changes and the project never amounted to much. Jackson did return to Liberty County and farm his own tea crop in later years and those tea fields could still be seen well into the 1900s.
Over time we’ve seen our fried chicken dressed up & the recipe for Coca-Cola has changed as well but nothing has changed with our sweet tea. It’s still the same recipe our grandmas used: water, tea & sugar. That’s it, why try to fix something that isn’t broken? You might throw a slice of lemon on the glass but really that’s just a garnish. Sweet tea is the quintessential, southern beverage, and we’re all happy with it just the way it is. Serve it with your supper or on the front porch with the gals or pack it in a mason jar and take it with you fishing. No matter how you drink it, it’s still the same refreshing drink we all love!
Here are some of our favorite places to get our sweet tea fix in Liberty County. Which one will be your favorite?!
Parkers – If you’ve never had a cup of Parkers’ sweet tea with some chewy ice in it- you’re not a true resident of Liberty County. This convenience store, which started right in Midway at Exit 76 off I-95, is the spot to stop for quick beverage.
Smokin’ Pig – Just across the way from the Parkers at Exit 76, you will find yourself at the Smokin’ Pig. While we made have a hard time choosing between the pulled pork and the brisket – sweet tea is always a given for a drink choice. It’s the perfect balance to a tangy BBQ meal!
Margie’s Southern Cooking – Y’all be sure and head down Shaw Road in Walthourville for some of some of Ms. Margie’s delish cooking. A plate of fried chicken, macaroni & cheese and collard greens shouldn’t be served with anything but sweet tea. This food truck is one of our favorites and was even voted Best Food Truck in 2017 by the Georgia Culinary Guide!
Melody’s Coastal Café – Another Midway must is the newest restaurant, Melody’s Coastal Café! In addition to their mouthwatering menu they have some incredible sweet tea to pair along with your delectable dish!
ShoNuff Smoking Good BBQ – While this restaurant is known for having some incredible BBQ, their sweet tea is equally amazing! Be sure to grab a glass to pair with those famous ribs they serve and you won’t be dissatisfied.
Izola’s Country Cooking – What goes better with a plate of homestyle cooking than sweet tea?! Grab a place in line & load your plate up at the buffet before you fill your cup with tea!
Rodeo Mexican Restaurant – It’s hard to pass up pairing Rodeo’s incredible dishes with a yummy margarita, but their sweet tea should not be passed by! Served in a big ole glass and sweetened to perfection!