I am a fan of making my own ice cream because it’s a creative outlet as well as a way to be able to eat ice cream without additives or excessive amounts of sugar . Nearly anything can become an ice cream flavor. A lot of things shouldn’t be flavors, as evidenced by this list of 101 Frightening Ice Cream Flavors, but there are plenty of flavors that make sense that aren’t readily available in grocery stores or ice cream shops.

Enter… my latest concoction, sweet tea ice cream. The few recipes I Googled for just weren’t what I was looking for at all. I ended up finding a recipe for an Earl Grey ice cream that I modified and tweaked around to suit it to my sweet tea roots. Then I added a kick of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka to keep the ice cream from over crystalizing once I put it in the freezer to keep.

Home Made Sweet Tea Ice Cream


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6-7 black tea bags
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp Firefly sweet tea vodka (optional but recommended)


  1. Warm the milk, cream and sugar in a saucepan over medium low heat. Once warmed up but not boiling, remove from heat and put the tea pans in the milk mixture. Cover tightly and let the tea steep for about an hour.
  2. Press the tea bags against the side/bottom of the pan to release all of the tea flavor possible from the bags. Discard bags.
  3. Gently re-heat the steeped milk mixture.
  4. Whisk the egg yolks together in a bowl large enough to pour the milk mixture in.
  5. Remove the milk mixture from heat and SLOWLY pour the milk mixture into the eggs, STIR THE WHOLE TIME. If you do this too fast, the hot milk cooks the eggs and you get gross scrambled egg chunks in your ice cream. Stir stir stir. Slow slow slow.
  6. Return the mixture to the heat and cook over medium heat until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon.
  7. Cool the mixture thoroughly (expedite the process by putting it in the fridge) then stir in the vodka, if using. Pour into your ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions. MMM!


You may notice the plethora of minibottles in the background. The minimum at the liquor store was $6 with a debit card, so I got extras to drink before going to see the South Carolina Gamecocks whip UConn in the Super Regionals tomorrow!