6 Boozy Iced Tea Cocktails For A Refreshing Pick-Me-Up
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Iced teas are synonymous with summertime but can also be an all-season beverage for anyone who’s passionate about enjoying the caffeinated drink. Enhancing any iced tea recipe with seasonal fruits or a touch of muddled herbs like basil or mint or even a splash of your favourite liquor can transform it into a thirst-quenching, refreshing cocktail. Whether you prefer green tea, black tea or floral blends like Earl Grey and Chamomile, there’s always a perfect liquor pairing for every tea lover’s palate.

Bourbon Sweet Tea

A simple iced tea spiked with bourbon and limoncello is for moments when sunny summer days need respite or when you’re craving a delightful yet uncomplicated beverage to share with family and friends.


  • 44 ml bourbon whiskey
  • 15 ml limoncello
  • 118 ml iced tea, freshly brewed
  • Lemon wheel or wedge, for garnish


Combine the bourbon and limoncello in a double old-fashioned glass. Fill up some ice in a serving glass and pour in the iced tea. Garnish with a lemon wedge before serving.

Peach Tea

When little can beat the cool on a warm evening, engulf in the sweet embrace of iced tea. Elevate it by infusing it with whisky and peach liqueur for a delightfully simple concoction, ideal for gatherings or brunch with friends.


  • 30 ml whisky
  • 30 ml peach liqueur
  • 118 ml unsweetened iced tea, chilled
  • Lemon wedge, for garnish
  • Peach slices, for garnish


Pour the peach liqueur and whisky into a highball glass filled with ice. Pour the iced tea on top and stir it for a couple of minutes. Enjoy with a wedge of lemon and some fresh peach slices while serving.

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Mango Iced Tea

This fantastic recipe for a mango-infused iced tea unites rum and whiskey beautifully. The sweeter notes are provided by the rum, and complemented by velvety notes from the whiskey – making this a cocktail that is perfect for anytime of day.


  • 30 ml Canadian whisky
  • 30 ml mango rum
  • 118 ml chilled iced tea
  • Lemon wedge, for garnish 


  • In a highball glass filled with ice, pour the whiskey and rum before topping up with iced tea.
  • Mix well by stirring before finishing it off with a lemon wedge.

Ginger Tea

The heady combination of cognac and green tea really shine together in this ginger tea cocktail recipe. To elevate its flavour, muddle fresh ginger and mint with simple syrup before shaking it up with the remaining ingredients for a more intense flavour.


  • 3 pieces fresh ginger
  • 4 mint leaves, divided
  • 15 ml simple syrup
  • 30 ml cognac
  • 59 ml freshly brewed green tea, chilled


  • Combine the ginger, three mint leaves and simple syrup to muddle in a mixing glass.
  • Add the cognac and iced tea before pouring the mixture through a strainer into a glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish with fresh mint and serve immediately.


Martini-based drinks are a great way to incorporate more iced tea into cocktails with a twist. This uncomplicated tea-tini stands out. A blend of shaken vodka, tea and fresh lemon juice, the elegant and crisp drink is a creative way to experiment with cocktails.


  • Granulated sugar, for optional rim
  • 44 ml vodka
  • 30 ml chilled tea
  • 7 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice, to more taste
  • 1 tsp honey, or simple syrup, to taste
  • Lemon wedge or wheel, for garnish


  • Sugar-coat the rim of a cocktail glass by running a lemon wedge around it and dipping into a small container of sugar.
  • Shake off any excess sugar while you combine vodka, cold tea, lemon juice and honey in an ice-filled cocktail shaker.
  • Shake thoroughly and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a lemon wedge or slice for garnish and serve.

Long Island Iced Tea

Classics are meant to be celebrated for a reason and this LIIT is surely a potent drink that is synonymous with a good time. Make a large batch of this cocktail for a party or gathering at home, or simply make a strong drink for one on days when you need something to feel better.


  • 30 ml vodka
  • 30 ml rum
  • 30 ml gin
  • 30 ml tequila
  • 30 ml triple sec
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 15 ml simple syrup
  • Cola, to top up
  • Lemon wedge, for garnish
  • Ice cubes


  • Fill a shaker with ice cubes and pour the vodka, rum, gin, tequila and triple sec into the shaker.
  • Shake well until chilled and add the lemon and simple syrup to carry on for another couple of minutes.
  • Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice and top it off with cola. Garnish with a lemon wedge and serve.