When it's hotter than bejesus outside and you just can't seem to cool down, ice tea is definitely in order. But when you toss a little booze in your tea, you totally take it from a simple pleasure to a nectar of the gods. In fact, there are some ice tea cocktail recipes that are so damn good, we wouldn't mind a sip or two during the cold winter months.
The beauty of ice tea is in its simplicity, for sure. It has a pretty neutral flavor and takes on herbs and fruit like a champ, and swirling it with the bite of hard alcohol pretty much just sends our favorite ice tea cocktail recipes over the top. Of course, you will want to begin by brushing up on your ice tea-making skills with a few tried-and-true recipes.
These are sure to be your new summertime faves. You're welcome.
What I love about this particular take on the bourbon-whiskey ice tea is the method: You use a French press.
This recipe uses fresh raspberry and is the perfect mix of sweet and tangy. Perfect for when the temperatures start to heat up.
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.
We love the combination of lemon and mint. It's a pairing that can really only be improved by rum, don't you think?
This cocktail uses a tea-flavored vodka to fulfill the ice 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?
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.
"Raspberry-sweet tea cocktail" might just be the most beautiful combination of words in the English language.
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
Originally published May 2015. Updated July 2017.
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