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5 Awesome Iced Tea Cocktails

5 Awesome Iced Tea Cocktails

Add some spirits to your perfect iced tea

Iced tea is the ultimate summertime beverage for me. Not only is it incredibly versatile, enjoyable sweetened or non-sweetened, it is beyond refreshing in the doggiest days of summer. However, the real beauty of this crisp and bright drink lies mostly in its ability to take on other flavors and mix incredibly well, hence the every-popular iced tea cocktail.

While there are many ways to go cocktail crazy with iced tea, my two favorite spirits to add into the mix here are vodka and whiskey. Vodka is a given; its chameleon-like flavor profile (or lack of flavor as the case may be) gives it the ability to mix with virtually any other liquid. Whiskey works fantastic as well; lending spiced notes that really kick up the usually mellow flavors of a typical iced tea.

June 10, is National Iced Tea Day, and I have to say that of all of the drinks out there, iced tea is certainly one of the more deserving of an entire day dedicated to it. In order to celebrate this holiday to the fullest, we've prepared for you a list of some of our favorite iced tea cocktails. This holiday may not get you out of work, but it will give you an excellent excuse to drink a boozy iced tea, and I'd like to think that is much more valuable than a vacation day.

Read on for some truly delicious iced tea cocktails, perfect for beachside, poolside, or just about any outdoor occasion. Cheers, and Happy National Iced Tea Day!

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— Sara Kay, The

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Creative Cocktails: Flavorful Drinks Perfect for Summer!

Daiquiris, Margaritas, Mojitos, and Pina Coladas, are just a few of the delicious cocktails that go perfectly with a hot summer day. Pre-made mixes for these drinks abound, but sometimes these mixes can fall a little flat. With just a few seasoning tweaks, you can make your go-to summer cocktail a truly delectable indulgence.

Not a fan of cocktails? Check out our Blog Post “8 Awesome Iced Tea Recipes” for delicious iced tea ideas. Or try adding our Blueberry Sugar or Strawberry Sugar, or Peach White Balsamic or Cucumber Melon White Balsamic to a pitcher of lemonade!

First, let’s ditch the pre-made mixes and make a few things from scratch. Most sweet cocktails call of a simple syrup. Here is an easy recipe to throw one together.

Making a Simple Syrup

Making a simply syrup is just that, simple. All you need are 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water. Place sugar and water in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil. Decrease the heat to medium and cook until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. This should take approximately 3-5 minutes. Remove the syrup from the pan and allow to cool completely. Syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month. Amp up the fruity flavor by replacing 2-3 tbsps of the regular sugar with our Blueberry Sugar or Strawberry Sugar.

Rim Your Glass with a Flavored Salt or Sugar

If you want to add a unique and over-the-top touch to your next cocktail, try rimming your glass with a delicious flavored salt or flavored sugar. These extremely versatile salts and sugars come in a variety of different flavors, so you’re sure to find just the right one to fit your mood and cocktail. Here are a few of our favorites:

For Margaritas, try our Lime Fresco Salt or Lemon Twist Salt. Or give your drink a spicy kick with Jalapeno Sea Salt, Sriracha Sea Salt, Habanero Sea Salt, or Ghost Pepper Salt. You can also rim your glass with Strawberry Sugar or Blueberry Sugar for a sweet touch. Need a recipe for a margarita to get you started? Try our Simple Margarita and dress it up as you see fit!

Daiquiris benefit from a dash of sweetness, so throw in a little Strawberry Sugar, Blueberry Sugar, or Vanilla Bean Sugar into your shaker or use it to rim glasses. Strawberry and Blueberry Sugar are also a great option for Mojitos, as a little sweetness pairs well with the mint flavor.

Bloody Mary’s are delicious when topped with our Lime Fresco Salt. Or try our Applewood Smoked Sea Salt for an unexpected dash of smokiness that pairs wonderfully with the acidity and spiciness of a Bloody Mary.

Last but not least, throw some Vanilla Bean Sugar or Cinnamon Sugar into your next White Russian. The spicy flavors of vanilla and cinnamon are a great compliment to the coffee flavor of Kahlua and richness of milk or cream.

Add a Little Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic vinegars are a great addition to a variety of cocktails. White Balsamic Vinegars (those made with white grapes) have a light, crisp flavor that is wonderful in drinks like Margaritas, Daiquiris, Pina Coladas, and Spritzers. Try adding 1-2 tbsp of our Coconut Lime White Balsamic Vinegar or Peach White Balsamic Vinegar to your next margarita or daiquiri. A Pina Colada would be delicious with a dash of Coconut Lime White Balsamic, or try our recipe for a decadent Pineapple Cocktail. If you are looking for something incredibly refreshing, check out our recipe for Cucumber Melon Gin Spritzers!

Dark Balsamic Vinegars have a deeper, more intense flavor and are traditionally used to make a cocktail mixer called a shrub. A shrub is a concentrated syrup that combines fruit, sugar and vinegar. Shrubs are also referred to as “drinking vinegars” and are most commonly made with apple cider vinegar. Shurbs generally take from one day to 2 weeks for the flavors to combine properly, but they are well worth the wait. Besides adding to cocktails, shurbs are also great toppings for toast, ice cream or yogurt. If you want to make your next cocktail truly an experience, try one of our balsamic vinegar shrub recipes: Raspberry Balsamic Shrub Cocktail or Bourbon Cherry Balsamic Shrub Cocktails!

Now you have everything you need to take your cocktails to the next level this summer. If you are needing some inspiration, check out our blog post, 8 Summer Cocktails for some great recipe ideas!

Long Island Iced Tea and Its Many Variations

Long Island iced tea is a popular mixed drink. Get ready to pour because the recipe requires five white distilled spirits (including triple sec), a shot of sour mix, and cola. Despite the fact that it contains no tea, the Long Island is as refreshing as a tall glass of iced tea. The taste is surprisingly similar too, but it can pack a punch, and all that alcohol can quickly sneak up on you.

Among the most famous cocktails, Long Island iced tea is at the top of the list. Since bartenders know the recipe, it's an easy one to order at most bars, and it's simple enough to make at home as long as you have all of the ingredients. Most often, the least-expensive gin, rum, tequila, and vodka from the bar's well are used, making it budget-friendly as well.

A notorious reputation for getting people drunk follows Long Island iced tea. The problem is that it's an easy drinker that's often made too strong. Many bartenders (professional and amateur alike) will overpour the liquors. This not only makes the drink stronger, but it also knocks the taste out of balance. To make a better Long Island iced tea, keep in mind that flavor is more important than potency. In total, this recipe contains 2 1/2 ounces of liquor. While it is on the light end of the Long Island's spectrum, it's still the same as drinking three or four beers.

Mango Iced Tea

Mango is a favorite flavor for rum distillers because the tropical fruit is a natural companion for the tropical liquor. Cruzan is one of the brands that you can rely on for this flavor and it's a great addition to any well-stocked bar.

The mango iced tea recipe is simple and fun. We're not relying on the rum alone, though, because it's paired with a nice Canadian whiskey. Add chilled iced tea and a refreshing cocktail is ready for your summer afternoon.

How to Make a Long Island Iced Tea

There's actually a trick (or a few) to nailing this cocktail.

  1. Shake ingredients (except Mexican Coke).
  2. Strain into a Collins glass over crushed ice, then top with Coke.
  3. Garnish with a lemon twist.

A Long Island Iced Tea. Woof. This crapshoot of a cocktail comes with so much cultural baggage it can barely stand up straight. It's a favorite at the kinds of bars that don't check IDs too closely. It has been the butt of the joke on shows like The Simpsons&mdashMarge was a sucker for a LIIT&mdashand The Big Bang Theory, where big nerd Sheldon downed one of the most alcoholic drinks known to man to cure him of girl problems. Classic stuff.

Come to think of it, standing up straight is something you decidedly will not excel at after drinking a couple Long Island Iced Teas. So why do we endorse this cocktail? Because we have a secret weapon: a good recipe, courtesy of late Esquire food writer Josh Ozersky you can read his journey to accepting the Long Island Iced Tea Renaissance here. With Cointreau instead of Triple Sec, higher-caliber spirits instead of well booze, and Mexican Coke, this drink becomes not only palatable, but enjoyable.

A Little Background

Would you believe that locales are fighting over the honor of being the birthplace of the Long Island Iced Tea? For years, everyone believed the story that the Long Island Iced Tea came from Long Island, New York, a magical place known for bad hangovers and worse traffic. It was said that a man named Robert "Rosebud" Butt invented the drink for a competition in the '70s using triple sec (remember, we swap in Cointreau). From there, it gained popularity, becoming one of those classically bad '80s drinks.

But down in Tennessee, there's an island called Long Island in the middle of a river in the city of Kingston. According to Kingston residents, during the Prohibition, a distiller of illegal liquor named Charlie "Old Man" Bishop poured a bunch of spirits together&mdashincluding whiskey, interestingly&mdashand mixed in maple syrup. Over the years, his son tinkered with the recipe, experimenting with lemon and soda and cola. If what they say is true, it seems like Old Man's was the first Long Island Iced Tea-ish drink on the record.

We'll let Tennessee and New York duke it out amongst themselves.

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If You Like This, Try These

Looking for another "all but the kitchen sink" cocktail with a kick? A Rum Runner and a Zombie, both tiki drinks, have that same vibe. However, if you over-simplify the Long Island Iced Tea, you get something like a Tom Collins&mdashgin, lemon, sugar, bubbles. And of those cheesy drinks everyone loves to hate but loves to drink, there's the Kamikaze, the Sex on the Beach, the Alabama Slammer, and many, many more.

5 Iced Coffee Ideas

Mocha smoothie recipe is not only one of the easiest iced coffee ideas but it is pretty tasty as well. All you need is some chocolate ice cream, a half of a cup of cold espresso or some double strength coffee and a quarter cup of milk. Put all the ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy this awesome iced coffee treat.

Iced Coffee Idea #2: Homemade Butterscotch Caramel Blended Iced Coffee

Homemade butterscotch caramel blended iced coffee is one of those iced coffee ideas that comes from Starbucks. It is yet another very simple recipe for you to try out. You will need two cups of ice, one cup of Starbucks iced coffee (Brewed to Personalize Caramel Flavor), a half a cup of milk, three tablespoons of butterscotch ice topping and whipped cream.

Put the ice, the Starbucks iced coffee, milk and three tablespoons of butterscotch in your blender and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into two sixteen ounce glasses. Top with the whipped cream and drizzle some butterscotch topping on the whipped cream. Serve, and let the family love you for making this iced coffee treat in a snap. but, just a word of advice don’t let them know it was that easy.

Iced Coffee Idea #3: Iced Coffee Milkshake

Iced coffee milkshake is one of those iced coffee ideas that combines two favorite flavors for a lot of people, coffee and chocolate. You will need one cup of cold coffee, four scoops of vanilla ice cream, one tablespoon of chocolate syrup and some whipped cream.

Take the coffee, ice cream and a tablespoon of chocolate syrup and blend in your blender until smooth. If it is too thick just add a few drops of milk to thin it down a little. If it is too thin, just add a little more ice cream and pulse it to smooth out. Then pour your milkshake into one large glass or two medium glasses. Top the shake or shakes with lots of whipped cream and then drizzle with some chocolate syrup. Serve right away and amaze the family with this iced coffee idea.

Iced Coffee Idea #4: Salted Caramel Ice Blended Coffee

If you love coffee, caramel and a salty/sweet taste then salted caramel iced blended coffee is one of the iced coffee ideas you will want to include on your favorites list. You will need three cups of ice, one cup of really strong iced coffee, one cup of chocolate coffee creamer, one cup of caramel syrup, one tablespoon sea salt, one cup of whipped cream, three tablespoons of powdered sugar, half a teaspoon of caramel extract, caramel sauce and more sea salt.

In a stand mixer or a big bowl with a hand mixer you will want to add three tablespoons of the powdered sugar, half a teaspoon of caramel extract, and one cup of whipped cream then whisk until the cream has some stiff peaks.

Next put ice, the coffee, the chocolate creamer, one third cup of caramel syrup and the tablespoon of sea salt into your blender and blend until the ice is broken down well.

Fill up glasses three quarters the way up and top each glass with your whipped cream mixture, top with caramel sauce and some sea salt. Serve this iced coffee to the family and keep them coming back for more. The family will love this iced coffee idea and so will you for bringing that smile on their face.

Iced Coffee Idea #5: Homemade Frosted Coffee

This homemade frosted coffee is one of those ideal iced coffee ideas for those super hot days of summer or early fall. If you like coffee and ice cream then you’ll love this, especially when the family wont stop praising you for it.

To make the homemade whipped cream you will need one pint of heavy whipping cream, two tablespoons of powdered sugar and a half a cup of Sweet Cream creamer. For the frosted coffee you will need one cup of vanilla iced coffee, two scoops of vanilla ice cream and one cup of ice.

To make the whipped cream you will need a bowl that has been chilled and then beat the whipping cream on medium high with a hand mixer until soft peaks have formed. Then add in the powdered sugar and the Sweet Cream creamer and beat some more on medium high until the peaks are stiff.

To make the frosted coffee take your iced coffee, vanilla ice cream and ice and put them in your blender and blend until the mixture is smooth. Pour into glasses and top with your homemade whipped cream. Now serve the homemade frosted coffee and let the love of the family pour in.

Instant Pot Iced Tea Tools


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A quick list of items you will need to make this Iced Tea.

  • I use and love the Instant Pot.
  • You could get a 3 qt Instant Pot or 6 qt Instant Pot depending on family size.
  • This lovely pitcher is just perfect for serving your iced tea in.
  • Serve your Iced Tea in my favourite Mason Jars or these more colourful ones.
  • Some measuring jugs or cups will be handy too.
  • This ice cube tray makes the perfect sized ice cubes for your drink.

Yeap, Instant Pot Iced Tea or Iced tea cocktails are what we should be drinking all summer long – during our picnics, BBQ, brunches, afternoon teas, girls night in and more. Tempted? The gather all your ingredients and let me show you….

How to Make Cold Brew Iced Tea

The method itself is incredibly simple. Just combine loose-leaf tea or whole tea bags and water in a pitcher and let the tea infuse the water for 6 to 12 hours in the refrigerator (see instructions below for specifics). Strain, and you have cold-brew tea that will taste great for days!

Bon Appetit suggested that they have best results with loose-leaf tea, so I used loose-leaf here, but I’ve since been making lazy cold-brew tea by soaking whole bags in water, which tastes almost as good and is much easier to make.

Another option? Steep your loose-leaf tea in a clean French press—just press down the filter to remove those loose tea leaves and pour!

Cold-Brew Chai

From Nicole Perry, POPSUGAR Food


If you own a scale — I'm partial to OXO's model — I highly recommend using it here, as it's much more accurate and will help to account for variation in the density of brands. Do not substitute powdered chai for loose leaf.

The same cold-brew technique can be applied to other varieties of tea: per quart of water, infuse 8 to 12 grams of loose leaf tea (1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons for a dense rolled tea like oolong or 4 to 5 tablespoons for a lightweight voluminous tea like some white varieties) for 8 to 10 hours or overnight. Play around with the amount of tea and the timing until you get it just right.