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sweet tea and bourbon


Who’s dreaming of sitting on a giant wraparound porch in the south with a book and chilled glass of spiked sweet tea? Me, me! I’ve had the south on my mind as Zan and I have been contemplating a trip to New Orleans or maybe Charleston… two charming cities I’ve yet to visit. Probably because I’m afraid the delightful cobblestone roads and southern charm will hold me back from ever leaving. Yes, I’m that girl who reads all of Nicholas Sparks’ books… I just can’t help it! Anyway, since country living has been on my mind and the weather in LA has been absolutely perfect, I was craving this cocktail. It’s a great beverage for entertaining because the tea can be made before your friends arrive and all you have to do is add an ounce of bourbon and a dash of lemon juice to a tall glass. It’s one easy and refreshing beverage! Read more for the recipe…

Sweet Tea and Bourbon Cocktail


Sweet Tea and Bourbon Cocktail

  • 1 cup homemade sweet tea
  • 1 oz bourbon
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • mint leaves to garnish

Sweet Tea Recipe

  • 8 bags black tea
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp sugar (add more or less to taste)
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 3 cups cold water


Sweet Tea and Bourbon Cocktail

  1. Add the tea, bourbon and lemon juice in a tall glass and stir. Top with ice, mint leaves and a lemon wedge. Serve ice cold

Sweet Tea Recipe

  1. Boil 3 cups water, then remove from the heat and add 8 tea bags and mint leaves to steep. 

  2. Cover and let them sit for 15 minutes. 

  3. While the tea is still hot, add in the sugar and stir until dissolved.

  4. Then add in the cool water and mix. 

  5. Pour the tea into a pitcher or tall jar to store in the refrigerator until cooled.

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16 responses to sweet tea and bourbon

  1. March 27, 2013

    sounds delish – and perfect for the upcoming kentucky derby!

  2. Dee
    March 27, 2013

    Look delish! Can’t wait to try it out.

  3. March 28, 2013

    Oh that looks delicious and perfect for Easter brunch!

  4. March 28, 2013

    Would make a wonderful signature cocktail for a spring/summer wedding!

  5. Afton
    April 16, 2013

    If you add about a teaspoon of baking powder it will cause the tea to be almost perfectly clear:)

    1. Eden
      April 16, 2013

      I did read that!! Very interesting!

  6. This looks amazing, and so does that sweet tea recipe! Pinning this, and I’m stopping by to let you know I featured this on my blog today as part of a roundup of 25 Refreshing Summer Cocktails! Feel free to stop by and grab a Featured button if you’d like, and thanks again for the great recipe!

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