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
What we love about this particular take on bourbon ice tea is the addition of honey mint.
2. Spiked raspberry ice 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
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.
4. Lemon-mint ice 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-lemonade mojitos
9. Bourbon-peach sweet tea
This recipe might be our favorite on the list. This peachy cocktail will take you to a porch swing in Macon, Georgia, no matter where you are.
10. Spiked mango-passion fruit sweet tea
This spiked tea recipe has a refreshing island twist that makes it perfect as a summery cocktail.
11. Blueberry-bourbon black tea
This cocktail is totally grown-up; it's sophisticated and light but still gets the job done.
12. Tropical tea
The best part of this ice tea cocktail is that you can make it easily in a Keurig. What could be simpler?
13. Chamomile-honey whiskey
We love the juxtaposition of the delicate chamomile flowers against the whiskey. This one's a little less traditional; you'll be using a chamomile tea.
14. Sweet tea bourbon
Simple. Spiked. Right to the point.
15. Agave green tea mojitos
This isn't your traditional sweet tea; green tea mojitos are here to stay.
16. Boozy Thai ice tea
This recipe is perfect for early on in the month, when nights are still a little chilly. The heavy cream base makes it well suited for a refreshing treat that won't set your teeth chattering.
17. The classic Long Island
The Long Island is technically a cheater tea since there's no actual ice tea to be found in the recipe. Even so, any home bartender needs to have this recipe in their repertoire. Serve with caution, though, because this "tea" can get you to your happy place a lot quicker than most!