Refresh With A Summer Cocktail!

Nothing is more refreshing in the summer sun than iced tea and fresh fruit. Now you can use this classic summer drink to make tasty cocktails.

Tea time: 4 summery iced tea cocktails

Iced tea and the summer sun go together like two peas in a pod! For an adult summer treat, consider making cocktails using this refreshing beverage. These iced tea cocktail recipes come to us courtesy of Pure Leaf Iced Tea, which makes real brewed tea from natural ingredients (no preservatives, either). These teas are available in a variety of flavors and "sweetness levels" from unsweetened, lightly sweetened (Not Too Sweet) and extra sweetened.

These drinks taste delicious as nonalcoholic refreshments, too. Simply omit the alcohol from the recipes and enjoy!

Asian spicy cucumber honey green tea cocktail

Cucumbers and lime add light and refreshing flavor to this cocktail. Add in a pinch of ground red pepper for just a bit of zip.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 10 slices cucumber (about 1/4-inch thick), plus extra for garnish
  • 2 slices lime (about 1/4-inch thick), plus extra for garnish
  • Pinch ground red pepper
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1 (8 ounce) bottle Pure Leaf Not Too Sweet Honey Green Tea

Directions:

  1. Crush the cucumber, lime and red pepper with a wooden spoon in a 1-quart glass measuring cup. Stir in the tea and the vodka.
  2. Strain the mixture and serve it in ice-filled glasses.
  3. Garnish with additional cucumber and lime slices.

Peach blueberry-basil iced tea cocktail

Summer time is fresh fruit time! Fresh blueberries and peach-flavored tea are quite a combo for this tasty treat. To make a pitcher, simply double the recipe.

Serves 2Tea time: 4 summery iced tea cocktails

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup blueberries, plus extra as garnish
  • 5 large fresh basil leaves, plus extra as garnish
  • 1 (8 ounce) bottle Pure Leaf Not Too Sweet Peach Tea
  • 1/4 cup light rum

Directions:

  1. Crush the blueberries and basil with a wooden spoon in 1-quart glass measuring cup.
  2. Stir in the tea and the rum.
  3. Strain the mixture and serve it in ice-filled glasses.

Pomegranate mar-tea-ni

With its festive color and flavors, this drink could be part of any summer celebration! For more fun, moisten the rim of a chilled martini glass with a lemon wedge, then coat it with colored sugar.

Serves 1Tea time: 4 summery iced tea cocktails

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Pure Leaf Lemon Iced Tea
  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 1/8 cup vodka
  • Lemon peel as garnish

Directions:

  1. Add the iced tea, pomegranate juice and vodka into a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well, then strain into chilled martini glass.

Minted melon iced honey green tea cocktail

Mint adds a little something special to this drink! To make a pitcher, simply double the recipe.

Serves 2Tea time: 4 summery iced tea cocktails

Ingredients:

  • 6 chunks honeydew melon, about 1-1/2 inches square, plus extra as garnish
  • 15 large fresh mint leaves, plus extra as garnish
  • 1 (8 ounce) bottle Pure Leaf Not Too Sweet Honey Green Tea
  • 1/4 cup vodka

Directions:

  1. Crush the honeydew and mint with a wooden spoon in a 1-quart glass measuring cup.
  2. Stir in the tea and vodka.
  3. Strain the mixture and serve it over ice.
  4. Garnish with honeydew and mint sprigs.

Cheers to the season!

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