Iced tea is about as Southern as it gets, and damn if it isn't delicious. Add a splash of the hard stuff, and you've got yourself an afternoon pick-me-up that'll probably get you through to happy hour. As good as these drinks are, we're not going to judge you if you mix up an iced tea cocktail any time of year, whether it's blazing hot or freezing cold outside.
You can think of iced tea as a kind of blank canvas; it takes on herbs and fruit beautifully, and when you add a dash of your favorite liquor, it's practically perfect. You can enjoy these recipes on your porch swing in the fall or with a light summer dinner. Of course, you will want to begin by brushing up on your iced tea-making skills with a few tried-and-true recipes.
Once you've got a tasty brew you can make with your eyes closed, it's time to add a little of the good stuff and celebrate with these grown-up twists on a summertime favorite.
1. Bourbon-whiskey iced tea
What I love about this particular take on the bourbon-whiskey iced tea is the method: You use a French press.
2. Spiked raspberry iced tea
This recipe uses fresh raspberry and is the perfect mix of sweet and tangy. Perfect for when the temperatures start to heat up.
3. Sweet tea sangria
Since this is a sangria, you'll be using wine instead of liquor to make this cocktail boozy. Perfect for a garden party or after-dinner treat.
4. Lemon-mint iced tea
We love the combination of lemon and mint. It's a pairing that can really only be improved by rum, don't you think?
5. Sweet tea-vodka cocktail
This cocktail uses a tea-flavored vodka to fulfill the iced tea requirement, and trust us when we say that you'll want to have a bottle on hand this summer. Also, the alternate name for this cocktail is a Mason-Dixon. What's not to love about that?
6. Sweet tea vodka lemonade mojitos
This recipe combines pretty much all the best things about summer cocktails and fashions them into a drink you'll want to indulge in long after those warm months draw to a close.
7. Tipsy lemonade iced tea
Iced tea and lemonade are like two delicious sides of the same coin. They're perfect together!
8. Raspberry-sweet tea cocktail
"Raspberry-sweet tea cocktail" might just be the most beautiful combination of words in the English language.
9. Lavender-lemonade cocktail
This recipe uses just a hint of tea with a single packet. It's also got lavender in it, which is the perfect summer accompaniment.
Next up: Bourbon-peach sweet tea
And you'll see personalized content just for you whenever you click the My Feed .
SheKnows is making some changes!