To celebrate National Iced Tea Day on June 10, McAlister's Deli is taking their famous Sweet Tea to a new level by creating a one-of-a-kind, ultimate summer treat: McAlister's Deli Famous Sweet Tea Ice Cream. Teaming up with artisanal ice cream brand Creamalicious, the limited-edition pint transforms the iconic beverage into a rich, velvety ice cream featuring notes of sugar cookie and lemon swirls -- sure to evoke the feeling of sipping a freshly-brewed Sweet Tea on an open-air porch during a beautiful summer day.
"We're thrilled to put such a fun twist on our most iconic menu item and allow fans the opportunity to experience their favorite Sweet Tea in a new way," says Courtney Bufford, Executive Chef at McAlister's Deli. "With Creamalicious being known for transforming blissful Southern recipes into ice cream, we knew they were the perfect partner to collaborate on a unique confection out of our Famous Sweet Tea."
The new dessert is made with premium high-quality ingredients, churned with natural Black Tea, and has no artificial flavors or coloring, ensuring each spoonful is as indulgent as the next.
"Creamalicious was born out of honoring traditional dessert recipes passed down for generations and churned to take people deep into the heart of the South where ice cream means connecting with loved ones over a spoonful of goodness," says Creamalicious Owner and Executive Chef Liz Rogers. "McAlister's Deli captures the essence of genuine hospitality, so we're excited our Sweet Tea Ice Cream will be an extension of the authentic nature both brands embody."
Starting June 10, consumers can sweeten their summer by purchasing a pint for $7.99 at participating McAlister's Deli's 500+ locations nationwide while supplies last. The limited-edition flavor will also be available through the Creamalicious website while supplies last.
The exclusive ice cream creation kicks off McAlister's Deli's annual Sweet Sips Tea Fest, which celebrates the brand's famous Sweet Tea as a summer staple keeping consumers cool and refreshed during the hottest months. Activities this year include:
- McAlister's Rewards members will get an exclusive preview of two new innovative beverage limited time offers -- Blackberry Tea and Blackberry Lemonade -- from May 18 to May 24.
- McAlister's Rewards members who buy a tea through the Rewards app from June 10 through July 21 or like and comment on the Sweepstakes social media post will be entered to win free tea for a year.* To become a McAlister's Rewards member, sign up online or through the McAlister's Deli app before purchasing a tea in order to be entered. Valid beverage purchases include Sweet Tea, Unsweet Tea, Half Sweet / Half Unsweet, Blackberry Tea, and Half Lemonade / Half Tea.
- McAlister's Deli's annual Free Tea Day returns on July 21, allowing tea lovers one free tea per guest in-store and a maximum of four free teas per online order placed through the McAlister's app. Teas available for free include Sweet Tea, Unsweet Tea, Half Sweet / Half Unsweet, Half Tea / Half Lemonade, Blackberry Tea, and Teas with Flavor Shots.