In ode to my recent travels to Nashville and Kentucky I’ve mixed up a blend of bath salts, salt, sugar and tea that would make a sweet gift for Mother’s Day or for that savvy southern lovin’ soaker. ElizabethW makes a theraputic sweet tea bath salt that probably blows this one away, but hey, this one is homemade, inexpensive and easy to toss together without too much fuss.
“Don’t ya’ll have sweet tea up here”?
It has since caught on up here in the northern states, but back then, I had to tell her,
“sorry, no sweet tea, but we do have kool-aid…or pop…”
Sweet tea on the menu is just a given in many of our southern states. I made sure to order a tall glass when I sampled the Nashville hot chicken and I can testify that it went down down real nice with the delicious and spicy southern dish.
Now, I don’t claim to be some bath salt mixologist. I just felt inspired, so I followed a few bath salt recipes on Pinterest and added a tweak or two.
DIY sweet tea bath salts (Basic Recipe)
4 cups Epsom salts
1 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup sugar
20 drops of real lemon extract (or lemon essential oil if you have it)
1 small cup of hot tea steeped with 2 tea bags
- – Mix together the Epsom salt and kosher salt in a bowl
- – Add the lemon extract to the salt mixture and stir
- – Separate 1/4 of the salt mixture and add the 1/2 cup sugar to that portion
- – Add one teaspoon at a time to the larger portion of the salt mixture until it is slightly moist and tea stained in color. I used about 4 teaspoons of tea total.
- – Funnel some of the darker salt mixture into a jar and than a bit of the sugar/salt mixture on top and then continue to alternate until jar or see through container is full.
- – Cover with a lid right away to maintain the lemony-tea scent.
- – Store in containers or plastic bags until you are ready to put into jars or containers (if you aren’t going to do so right away).
Sweet tea bath salts optional methods
I did not do any of the following in my batch, but I would not turn my nose up at trying these options in my next batch.
Add BROWN food coloring to DARKEN the salts by mixing together:
7 drops red food coloring
4 drops yellow food coloring
2 drops green food coloring
Mix colors together and then add a few drops at a time until dark enough (test on a small bit of the salts first to make sure you like the color and that it looks like tea, just sayin’).
Use instant tea:
Instant ice tea, the unsweetened kind can be very potent and would make a good alternative.
Use essential oils:
I used lemon extract because that is what I could find, but there is such a thing as lemon essential oil, not to mention a variety of other essential oils that would really boost the aroma.
In the mean time I’ll be soaking up the sweet memories as best I can.
Hope you all are having a great day my sweet-teas!! ~ Amy
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