Sweet, Savvy Ways to Simplify Holiday Cooking

Sweet Tea Turkey Brine

Most holiday feasts call for delicious dishes to please a crowd, but making preparation as simple as possible is as time-honored a tradition as the turkey itself. Simplifying your recipes and the ingredients you’ll need is one of the easiest ways you can take pressure off your own shoulders as the festivities draw near.

For example, this Sweet Tea Turkey Brine calls for just a handful of easy-to-find ingredients like Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea – available nationwide and fresh-brewed without any added preservatives or colors – for a tender centerpiece at your gathering. Follow it up with Sweet Pumpkin Bread for dessert that will truly wow your crowd while cutting down on prep time.

Find more holiday recipes and inspiration at drinkmilos.com.

Sweet Tea Turkey Brine

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

  • 1          gallon Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea
  • 1          cup kosher salt
  • 3          large sweet onions, quartered
  • 4          lemons, sliced
  • 8          garlic cloves, peeled
  • 5          sprigs rosemary
  • 10        cups ice
  • whole turkey
  • 1. In large stockpot over medium-high heat, combine sweet tea and kosher salt; stir frequently until salt is dissolved. Add onions, lemons, garlic and rosemary. Remove from heat; let cool to room temperature.
  • 2. When broth mixture cools, pour into clean 5-gallon bucket. Stir in ice.
  • 3. Wash and dry turkey. Remove innards. Place turkey, cavity-side up, into brine to fill cavity. Cover and place bucket in refrigerator overnight.
  • 4. Remove turkey, carefully draining excess brine; pat dry. Discard excess brine.
  • 5. Cook turkey, as desired, reserving drippings for gravy.
Sweet Pumpkin Bread

Sweet Pumpkin Bread

Prep time: 15
Cook time: 55-60 minutes
Yield: 1 loaf

  • 1 2/3    cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2    cups sugar
  • 1          teaspoon baking soda
  • 1          teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2          eggs
  • 1          cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2       cup Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea
  • 1/2       cup pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • 1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  • 2. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and nutmeg. In small bowl, whisk eggs, pumpkin and sweet tea. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just moistened. Fold in nuts, if desired.
  • 3. Pour into greased 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Bake 55-60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to wire rack.

Do you love to try new recipes? Or simply crave new dinner ideas for the holidays? Visit Motherhood Defined Recipes for more great desserts to keep them running back to the table for more.

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  1. Sweet Tea Turkey Brine – I am going to try it with a huge chicken when I can find one. I like tea and if I can use it in recipes that’s a bonus.

  2. I never thought about using tea in a brine for turkey before. I am going to try this our next go around.

  3. These recipes sound awesome. It’s so hard having to cook on the holidays. You spend all day cooking & it takes 15 minutes to eat. So exhausting.

  4. I love pumpkin 🎃 bread! I love pumpkin bread, but I don’t know if I would like it sweet. As a matter of fact, I didn’t know or even think of adding sweet tea as an ingredient. Thank you for sharing!

  5. The Sweet Tea Turkey Brine sounds amazing. I’m sure adding sweet tea to recipes would be so delicious.

  6. I am not familiar with that brand but I love the thoughts and ideas of how else to use it!

  7. I have been told that the Family Dollar Store carries Milo tea, but is usually sold out. I have never found it there, I make my own.

  8. Wow, I’ve never heard of milos tea will have to look for it, this recipe sounds delicious, thx very much for sharing it.

  9. The Sweet Tea Turkey Brine sounds awesome, and I can just imagine how juicy the turkey would be!

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