Memorial Day 2022

As we head into Memorial Day weekend, I wanted to share some fun recipes, courtesy of Edley’s BBQ, to add some extra pizzaz to your holiday. Edley’s is our go-to for delicious BBQ here in Music City (they also have locations in Chattanooga and Glen Carbon, IL) and they were kind enough to bring over a feast last week when we photographed this fun table. It doesn’t get more southern than a sweet tea bourbon cocktail and banana pudding, and even I (the anti-chef) am inspired to whip these up!

Please find recipes for Bourbon Tea and Edley’s Banana Pudding below, along with links to everything I used to set this festive, easy table. Wishing y’all a lovely holiday weekend!

Edley’s Bourbon Tea


  • 14 oz. sweet tea
  • 6 oz. pineapple juice
  • 6 oz. orange juice
  • 6 oz. lemonade
  • Lime wedges
  • Lemon wedges
  • Orange wedges
  • Mint leaves
  • 2 oz. Evan Williams Bourbon
  • Grenadine


  • Start by making your fruit tea mix. In a pitcher, combine 14 oz. of sweet tea, 6 oz. pineapple juice, 6 oz. orange juice, and 6 oz lemonade. Stir and set aside.
  • Drop one lime, orange, and lemon wedge along with a couple of mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Muddle with 2 oz. of Evan Williams Bourbon.
  • Fill with ice and fruit tea mix. Shake and pour.
  • Top with Grenadine and serve with a straw.
  • We like serving ours in mason jars.

Edley’s Banana Pudding


  • 1.25 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
  • 4.5 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 cup condensed milk
  • 9 oz cream cheese
  • 20 oz of whole milk, divided
  • 6 oz of vanilla pudding mix
  • 6 bananas
  • 8 oz Nilla Wafers

For the Whipped Cream

  • Combine heavy whipping cream, half the vanilla extract (½ teaspoon), and powdered sugar.
  • Mix for one minute, or until stiff peaks have formed.

For the Pudding

  • Mix softened cream cheese, condensed milk, and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract until completely smooth.
  • Add half the milk (10 oz.) and vanilla pudding mix until completely smooth.
  • Add remaining milk and combine completely.
  • Slice all bananas into ¼ inch rounds.
  • Add a third of the whipped cream, bananas, and six ounces of Nilla Wafers into the mixture and fold into the pudding until completely incorporated.
  • To serve: Line dish with pudding base leaving enough room for the whipped cream topping. Evenly distribute whipped cream on top. Crumble remaining wafers and sprinkle over whipped cream.

*All photos courtesy of Lele Fain Photography

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