3 Sweet tea cocktails that give you a reason to plant an herb garden

Aug 4, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Sweet tea isn't just for old Southern grandmothers — it's a drink everyone will love, especially when it's spiked (if you're over 21, of course). These refreshing cocktails give you the taste of sweet tea with just a little punch of booze. It's the way all summer cocktails should taste.

I really like to raid my garden for cocktails like this because the use of fresh herbs in cocktails is totally delicious. Plus it brings a nice freshness to almost any drink. As far as sweet tea goes, you can make it fresh or buy it from the store. To be honest, I think the stuff from the store tastes pretty great, so I just picked up a nice jug and made my cocktails even easier.

sweet tea sangria

Sweet tea sangria with basil recipe

We all love sangria, but what about when it's mixed with sweet tea, fresh basil and lots of fresh citrus fruit? Well, my friends, you have one tasty cocktail that can be enjoyed all summer long.

Yields 1 pitcher

Prep time: 5 minutes | Cooling time: 4 hours | Total time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups sweet tea
  • 1 bottle crisp white wine
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • 2 limes, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced

Directions:

  1. To a large pitcher, add all the ingredients, and let sit in the fridge for at least 4 hours to chill.
  2. Serve over ice with more basil as garnish, if desired.

sweet tea peach mint bourbon cocktail

Peach mint bourbon sweet tea cocktail recipe

Fresh peaches, mint and bourbon all mixed together with sweet, delicious tea. This cocktail is the perfect example of summer.

Yields 1

Total time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces sweet tea
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons diced ripe peaches

Directions:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, and add all the ingredients.
  2. Shake vigorously until the drink is ice cold.
  3. Pour into an ice-filled glass, and enjoy.

sweet tea lemonade cocktail

Minty lemonade sweet tea cocktail recipe

What happens when you take lemonade and mix it with sweet tea and a little fresh mint? You get the best darn drink of the summer that is sure to please any cocktail drinker.

Yields 1 pitcher

Total time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups sweet tea
  • 4 cups lemonade
  • 2 cups vodka
  • 3 large stems mint

Directions:

  1. To a large pitcher, add all the ingredients, and stir to combine.
  2. Serve over ice.

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