17 Ice Tea Cocktail Recipes to Cool You Down This Summer

Jun 26, 2018 at 6:50 p.m. ET
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Just picture it: It's a sunny day, a perfect 80 degrees. You're gently rocking back and forth on a front porch swing. You're lightly gripping an ice-cold tea, but what no one realizes? Oh, that bad boy is spiked for sure.

Summertime calls for outdoor activities and plenty of cold cocktails — and ice tea cocktails are no exception. Plus, there are some recipes that are so damn good, you'll want to make batches upon batches of them and invite a few friends over to help you get through 'em. Because, hey, cocktails should be sipped among friends, right?

The best part? All the following recipes are incredibly easy to make. These are sure to be your new summertime faves. 

1. Bourbon ice tea

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What we love about this particular take on bourbon ice tea is the addition of honey mint.

2. Spiked raspberry ice tea

Summer Iced Tea Cocktail Recipes: Raspberry iced tea Image: The Cookie Rookie.

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

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Because 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.

More: 15 Fermented Food Recipes That Go Way Beyond Kombucha

4. Lemon-mint ice tea

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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-lemonade mojitos

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How can anyone possibly pass up the triumvirate: sweet tea, vodka and mojitos. Perfection.

6. Tennessee orange-sweet tea cocktail

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Just imagine sitting on a porch swing sipping this tasty orange-sweet tea cocktail.

7. Raspberry-sweet tea cocktail

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"Raspberry-sweet tea cocktail" might just be the most beautiful combination of words in the English language.

8. Lavender-lemonade cocktail

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If you need to sweeten up this lavender ice tea, just use a bit of honey.

Next: Bourbon-peach sweet tea

A version of this article was originally published in May 2015.

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