My 3 main surprises when researching UK soft drinks (always read the label!)

1. Sugar – the most popular and widely available soft drinks are the most loaded with sugar The most interesting finding was when I realized how much the UK population loves sugar! When it comes to sugar content in the UK soft drinks market it seems the general rule is a minimum of 8% sugar per […]

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Iced Tea Culture

Iced Tea Culture

There is no beverage on Earth that has the historical or cultural significance as tea. This simple drink prepared from steeping the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant is the most consumed beverage in the world after water. It’s fair to say that if there were to be an official drink of planet Earth, most […]

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key decisions when creating a new bottled Iced Tea

key decisions when creating a new bottled iced tea

Creating a new bottled iced tea, it should be easy right?! Well it’s been 18 months of research and development, but here I’ll take you through some of our key decisions we made along the way. Our guiding principles have steered us in developing Sweet Sally Tea. I always said I wanted an all-natural product […]

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Sweet Sally Iced Tea Tea Jar

Iced Tea – How do you like yours?

So if there’s one thing I know it’s that there are many, many different variations of iced tea! Most popular in the UK is Lipton which is a bit too sweet and artificial tasting for me. Back in the USA, if you were to visit 5 different families even in the same state you may […]

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classic southern chocolate chess pie recipe

Classic Southern Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe

I’m certain that all of our southern followers will recognize this classic southern Chocolate Chess Pie recipe. I’ve made it a couple of times for dinner parties since moving to the UK and it’s always been a big hit. Everyone seems to love the crust it makes on the top and of course all the chocolatey goodness! […]

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Cherry Pineapple dump cake

Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

Cherry pineapple dump cake is an all time favorite for me and definitely one for a southern baker’s recipe box! If you’re not comfortable referring to it as a ‘dump cake’ you could always call it a cobbler. You won’t believe how easy this recipe is. The only problem I’ve run into in the UK […]

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White Chicken Lasagne Recipe

White Chicken Lasagna Recipe

I promise you this this white chicken lasagna recipe is a crowd pleaser! I’ve made this so many times for friends and haven’t come across anyone who didn’t love it. This is one of my more time consuming recipes but well worth the work you’ll put into it. It takes me about an hour to […]

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Homemade American Sugar Cookies

Mamaw’s Sugar Cookies

I love exchanging recipes with my grandmother. More times than not I’m on the receiving end and last week I got a nice note along with 4 new recipes to add to my collection! I mentioned I was getting excited to bake cookies for the holidays and she sent me her easy and tasty sugar cookie recipe! […]

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Homemade Potato Soup

This is the best soup for a rainy or chilly, winter day! It’s easy and you can modify the recipe by adding other vegetables if you like – maybe carrots, celery, etc! Ingredients: 6-8 medium potatoes, 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup flour, 6 cups milk, 2 tsp chicken bouillon, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black […]

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Homemade Cheeseball

Cheeseball Recipe

This is an easy and fun recipe! You’ll see I had fun by the pictures below. I made this for Christmas but it’s a perfect appetizer for any gathering. There are loads of cheeseball recipes and I hope you’ll comment and share your favorites with me! Ingredients: 2 8ounce packages of cream cheese (softened), 2 cups shredded cheddar […]

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Old Street Roundabout Popup

Old Street Pop Up

The common theme of friendly and supportive people I met during November and December at the Christmas markets reminded me of the 2 week pop up we did for Sweet Sally Tea this past summer. After nearly a year of research and development we decided to test Sweet Sally’s freshly brewed iced tea in the London […]

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Tomato Gravy – A Southern Specialty

After all of these years, I finally learned how to make tomato gravy & biscuits! This recipe will serve about 2 people so if you have a large crowd coming you’ll want to increase the measurements for the ingredients. We often had biscuits and tomato gravy at my great-grandparents and grandparents back in Mississippi. Good old southern […]

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Candied Pecans Homemade Recipe

Candied Pecans

These are just a delight and so easy to make in your crockpot! They make a perfect gift for family and friends during the holidays. Ingredients 16 ounces pecan halves, 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter, 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar (icing sugar), 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground cloves, 1/4 tsp ground ginger Method Turn your […]

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Homemade chocolate peanut clusters

Chocolate Peanut Clusters

I came across this recipe during the holidays and decided to give it my own twist! It’s a great combination of sweet and salty. Here I am chatting on the phone waiting for my peanut clusters to cool and set! Ingredients: 7.1 ounces white chocolate chips, 5.2 ounces Belgian milk chocolate chips, 4.8 ounces dark […]

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Homemade Reindeer Chow

Reindeer Chow

I had fun making reindeer chow for my customers at Christmas this year even though this is a snack you can enjoy year round! I’m pretty sure this is something mainly enjoyed in the south but it’s such an addicting snack I thought it would go over well at the local pubs! I couldn’t find […]

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sweet sally teacocktail christmas party punch

12 Days of Sweet Sally TeaCocktails – Day 12

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! It’s the last day of our Sweet Sally TeaCocktails and I thought it would be quite southern to have a party punch! Fresh cranberries add tartness to this punch. The recipe is for 1 serving but feel free to adjust the measurements for your punch bowl! Christmas Party Punch 3 ounces […]

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teacocktail mississippi cowboy

12 Days of Sweet Sally TeaCocktails – Day 11

Mississippi Cowboy 1 bottle beer (try with Blue Moon) 1 bottle Sweet Sally Spiced Tea 6 ounces vodka Combine all ingredients and serve over ice.

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Sweet Sally Iced Tea Christmas market events

Sweet Sally Tea Loves a Christmas Market

The last 3 weekends have been exciting because we were able to promote Sweet Sally Tea at some of our local Christmas markets. Each festival was unique to its location, tons of fun and proved to be very beneficial. Here are my thoughts from the fairs!  Hampstead Christmas Festival (23rd of November, 2014)  What a day! Thank goodness we decided to pack […]

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cornwallis calamity tea cocktail

12 Days of Sweet Sally TeaCocktails – Day 10

Check out this yummy TeaCocktail at The Truscott Arms in Maida Vale! Here’s the recipe if you want to try making it at home. Cornwallis Calamity 1 shot Woodford Reserve 1/2 shot of Krupnik Honey Liqueur 1/2 shot of Limoncello Topped up with Sweet Sally Spiced Tea Serve in a jam jar or an Old […]

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Sweet Sally Vodka Tea Cocktail

12 Days of Sweet Sally TeaCocktails – Day 9

Here’s another easy one to try. Instead of a vodka tonic this weekend why not try a Vodka Sally! Absolute Sally 3 parts Sweet Sally Tea 1 part of vodka Stir well and serve in a short tumbler over ice.

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Sweet Sally Old Fashioned Tea Cocktail

12 Days of Sweet Sally TeaCocktails – Day 8

A friend mentioned they were making Old Fashioned Cocktails a few weeks ago and said a Sweet Sally Old Fashioned might work! And so here it is. Sweet Sally’s Old Fashioned 1/4 tsp sugar dash or 2 of bitters 1 shot Sweet Sally Spiced Tea 1 1/2 shots bourbon 3-4 cracked ice cubes Put sugar in a […]

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Homemade Southern Dressing

Southern Cornbread Dressing (known as stuffing up north)

With Christmas just around the corner some of you may want to give this recipe a try! Our family tradition included 2 types of ‘stuffing’ on Thanksgiving and below is the recipe for our Southern Dressing. This was a tricky recipe for me because I couldn’t get exact measurements from my family when they passed […]

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Sally and Jack Hot Toddy

12 Days of Sweet Sally TeaCocktails – Day 7

Thank you to NW3 Bar&Kitchen in Belsize Park for creating this warm and spicy TeaCocktail! Tennessee Hot Toddy 150ml Sweet Sally Spiced Tea (warmed) 25ml Jack Daniels Slice of Orange Slice of Red Chili And believe me you’ll feel that kick of spice from the red chili when you get close to the bottom of […]

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Sally and Gin Tea Cocktail

12 Days of Sweet Sally TeaCocktails – Day 6

This is a nice change from the typical gin and tonic. Since Sweet Sally Tea is lightly sweetened it blends well with gin and doesn’t overpower it. Gin and Sally 4 parts Sweet Sally Spiced Tea 1 part Gin Shake well and serve over a couple of ice cubes.

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Sweet Sally Iced Tea Punch

12 Days of Sweet Sally TeaCocktails – Day 5

Sweet Sally Punch 9oz Sweet Sally Tea 8oz Ginger ale 3.5oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice 2oz Rum (optional) Mix all ingredients, shake well and serve over ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. Serves 2 large glasses. Double or triple the recipe for a party!

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Sweet Sally Canvas bag St Pauls

Sweet Sally Canvas Tote

I’m so excited to announce our Sweet Sally Tea canvas totes arrived yesterday and they look great! I feel so proud to be wearing mine around London and hope our supporters will feel the same when supporting our brand new start-up!! Grab one for yourself and maybe even a friend! Thanks for all of your support! […]

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12 Days of Sweet Sally TeaCocktails – Day 4

This one is a bit of a tongue twister! For any rum fans this one’s for you! Spiced Sailor Sally 3 parts Sweet Sally Tea 1 part of your favourite dark rum (Try Sailor Jerry or Captain Morgan with this one) And don’t forget to let me know what you think!

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Hot Sweet Sally Cocktail the New Inn

12 Days of Sweet Sally TeaCocktails – Day 3

Thanks to The New Inn (St. John’s Wood) for creating this warming Sweet Sally teacocktail! Perfect for a chilly night over the holidays. Hot Sweet Sally 25ml Glayva  75ml Sweet Sally Tea (warmed) A shake of cinnamon powder and a squeeze of lemon Garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve in a small wine glass!

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Sally and Jack iced tea cocktail

12 Days of Sweet Sally TeaCocktails – Day 2

Keeping it simple with this teacocktail! Sweet Sally Jack 3 parts Sweet Sally Tea 1 part of your favourite bourbon (I really like Jack Daniels with this one)! Serve in a whiskey tumbler(or perhaps a mason jar as pictured below) over ice.

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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipe for Thanksgiving in the UK

Thanksgiving in the UK and Pumpkin Pie

This marked my 4th Thanksgiving in the UK! We celebrated with our new friends (Amelia, Rob and Zach) this year. They hosted Thanksgiving dinner at their home and we brought a pumpkin pie (recipe to follow), southern cornbread ‘dressing’ aka stuffing and of course a case of Sweet Sally Tea! Our spiced tea paired well with […]

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Sallys Southern Sour Iced Tea Cocktail Wells Hampstead

12 Days of Sweet Sally TeaCocktails – Day 1

Thanks to The Wells in Hampstead for creating a great Sweet Sally Christmas Tea Cocktail! Sally’s Southern Sour 6 mint leaves 35ml bourbon 25ml fresh squeezed lemon juice 12.5ml sugar syrup Topped with Sweet Sally Spiced Tea  Shake hard and serve over ice Garnish with fresh mint and lemon rind.

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Mission in a bottle Honest Tea

Mission In A Bottle

We spent a couple of weeks visiting friends in NYC & FL last September. It was during this trip that Mission In A Bottle was released and I was ecstatic to pick up a copy from Barnes & Noble. Honestly I thought this must be fate due to the timing of my freshly brewed iced tea idea […]

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Homemade Southern Cornbread Recipe

Southern Cornbread Recipe

Whenever I want chili, vegetable soup or just a plate of vegetables I get ready to make a batch of southern cornbread. Before I introduced my husband to cornbread he had rice with his chili but now he’s pretty insistent on my cornbread! The only catch is that I have to ration it because I bring a […]

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Southern Cook in Training board

Family Recipes

I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite family recipes (some old and some new) with you. I’ve always enjoyed cooking and started spending more time in the kitchen after getting married and settling down in the UK. I’ll admit I’m still ‘in training’ as the picture above suggests! I was […]

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Sweet Sally Iced Tea Recipe developement

What I miss from home…

Early days experimenting with teas in my kitchen. After spending nearly a year in England and another big move down to London I began thinking of what I missed from back home. Of course family and friends couldn’t go without mention…but right at the top of my list was freshly brewed southern iced tea (and […]

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Miss Sally

What’s In A Name?

At the same time I started playing around with recipes in the kitchen I began thinking about what we should call our southern iced tea. A name carries a lot of weight as it plays a key role in helping to build a connection. It made sense to reconnect with my southern roots so I […]

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Mississippi Girl Lands in the UK – 2012

And it’s official…We’re getting married and I’m moving to England! We often say the last few years have truly been a whirlwind and some even say it’s somewhat of a fairytale. Any way I look at it it’s one of the happiest times in my life. So I resigned from my sales position, packed a […]

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