Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktails



I’d smile at rum.  Coy… but not really coy.

I’d say hello to vodka.  I’d wave, and smile with teeth.

I’d totally make out with gin… tonic and lime everywhere.

But bourbon.  I’d marry bourbon… as long as bourbon understands that I often stay up until 3 am writing silly blog posts, with a scarf on my head, a shaky leg, and post-it notes everywhere.  But I have a feeling that bourbon understands me.  I’m not too worried.


Little itty bitty kitchen peek.

What is pleasantly cropped out of this picture is my cat in the kitchen sink attacking the dirty kitchen sponge.

Livin’ classy.


I’m fairly certain that we’re approaching the time of year when it’s reasonable to drink uncanny amounts of sweetener in cold, black tea.


It seems only natural to add fresh mint, muddled orange and bourbon.

This cocktail is simple, uncomplicated, refreshing, easy to drink, and a really lovely celebration of mid-spring.

You know it’s going to be summer soon, right?  There are short dresses and summer heels in my future. Oh man.  I need tan lotion and tea.


Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktail with fresh mint and orange

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6 cups water

4 or 5 black tea bags

1/4 cup agave syrup (honey will do too)

1/4 to 1/2 cup bourbon (depending on how strong you want your cocktail)

4  to 6 sliced orange rounds

6 sprigs fresh mint

lots of ice

Bring water to a boil.  Turn off water and add black tea bags.  Steep tea for 3 to 5 minutes.  Remove the tea bags, place the tea in a large pitcher and let rest in the refrigerator until cold.

Place agave, bourbon, orange slices and fresh mint in a medium bowl.  It the back of a spoon, begin to muddle (or press together) the ingredients.  The oranges will release some juice, the mint will become fragrant, and the bourbon will tickle your nose.  It’ll smell delicious.  Once the mixture is pressed together, and the flavors are extracted, add the mixture to the pitcher of tea.  Stir well.  ((Feel free to strain the orange wedges and the mint leaves before pouring into the pitcher of tea, if you’d like.))

Fill glasses with ice cubes.  Pour sweet, boozy tea over ice.  Enjoy.  Drink it up.


167 thoughts on “Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktails

  1. So, the Mr. always tries to make a tea cocktail that is um, how do you say, awful. I am sending him this post with hopes that we enjoy this tonight! Thanks :)

    One time, he tried to make alcoholic tea punch. He juiced oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, and lemons. Whole.lemons. 6 of ’em! Dumped in peach schnapps & tea vodka. One sip gave ya the shakes. No bueno.

  2. This cocktail sounds so great – and just in time for summer. But, I’m more interested in the glasses – WHERE DID YOU GET THEM? Please don’t tell me they were a vintage find or something you bought years ago. I might cry.

  3. Bourbon (and brandy) are my favorites. My doctor says no alcohol, or I would be making this tonight.

    I like to make brownies and drizzle about a 1/4 of bourbon over them as soon as they come out of the oven. It is delicious. The alcohol also works great in a light frosting. People think you are completely trying to get them sloshed, but it is only a tablespoon.

  4. Hey Joy No Fair it’s to early for cocktails !
    Sounds like the perfect Mom’s day Treat and the perfect Summer cocktail. Love what you did to ice tea!

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