Let these iced tea cocktails take you to a very chill state of mind

Because your favorite iced tea is missing just one thing: A drop of booze

Iced tea is about as Southern as it gets, and damn if it isn’t delicious. Add a splash of the hard stuff, and you’ve got yourself an afternoon pick-me-up that’ll probably get you through to happy hour. As good as these drinks are, we’re not going to judge you if you mix up an iced tea cocktail any time of year, whether it’s blazing hot or freezing cold outside.

You can think of iced tea as a kind of blank canvas; it takes on herbs and fruit beautifully, and when you add a dash of your favorite liquor, it’s practically perfect. You can enjoy these recipes on your porch swing in the fall or with a light summer dinner. Of course, you will want to begin by brushing up on your iced tea-making skills with a few tried-and-true recipes.

Once you’ve got a tasty brew you can make with your eyes closed, it’s time to add a little of the good stuff and celebrate with these grown-up twists on a summertime favorite.

1. Bourbon-whiskey iced tea

Because your favorite iced tea is missing just one thing: A drop of booze
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What I love about this particular take on the bourbon-whiskey iced tea is the method: You use a French press.

2. Spiked raspberry iced tea

Because your favorite iced tea is missing just one thing: A drop of booze
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This recipe uses fresh raspberry and is the perfect mix of sweet and tangy. Perfect for when the temperatures start to heat up.

3. Sweet tea sangria

Because your favorite iced tea is missing just one thing: A drop of booze
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Since this is a sangria, you’ll be using wine instead of liquor to make this cocktail boozy. Perfect for a garden party or after-dinner treat.

More: 15 seasonal sangria recipes that will make you glad it’s fall

4. Lemon-mint iced tea

Because your favorite iced tea is missing just one thing: A drop of booze
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We love the combination of lemon and mint. It’s a pairing that can really only be improved by rum, don’t you think?

5. Sweet tea-vodka cocktail

Because your favorite iced tea is missing just one thing: A drop of booze
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This cocktail uses a tea-flavored vodka to fulfill the iced tea requirement, and trust us when we say that you’ll want to have a bottle on hand this summer. Also, the alternate name for this cocktail is a Mason-Dixon. What’s not to love about that?

6. Sweet tea vodka lemonade mojitos

Because your favorite iced tea is missing just one thing: A drop of booze
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This recipe combines pretty much all the best things about summer cocktails and fashions them into a drink you’ll want to indulge in long after those warm months draw to a close.

7. Tipsy lemonade iced tea

Because your favorite iced tea is missing just one thing: A drop of booze
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Iced tea and lemonade are like two delicious sides of the same coin. They’re perfect together!

8. Raspberry-sweet tea cocktail

Because your favorite iced tea is missing just one thing: A drop of booze
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“Raspberry-sweet tea cocktail” might just be the most beautiful combination of words in the English language.

More: 11 ready-made cocktails that make entertaining in style easy

9. Lavender-lemonade cocktail

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This recipe uses just a hint of tea with a single packet. It’s also got lavender in it, which is the perfect summer accompaniment.

Next up: Bourbon-peach sweet tea

Because your favorite iced tea is missing just one thing: A drop of booze

10. Bourbon-peach sweet tea

Because your favorite iced tea is missing just one thing: A drop of booze
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This recipe might be my favorite on the list. This peachy cocktail will take you to a porch swing in Macon, Georgia no matter where you are.

11. Spiked mango-passion fruit sweet tea

Because your favorite iced tea is missing just one thing: A drop of booze
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This spiked tea recipe has a refreshing island twist that makes it perfect as a summery cocktail.

12. Blueberries-bourbon black tea

Because your favorite iced tea is missing just one thing: A drop of booze
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This cocktail is totally grown-up; it’s sophisticated and light but still gets the job done.

13. Tropical tea

Because your favorite iced tea is missing just one thing: A drop of booze
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The best part of this iced tea cocktail is that you can make it easily in a Keurig. What could be simpler?

14. Chamomile-honey whiskey

Because your favorite iced tea is missing just one thing: A drop of booze
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I love the juxtaposition of the delicate chamomile flowers against the whiskey. This one’s a little less traditional; you’ll be using a chamomile tea.

More: 20 skinny cocktails you’ll never believe are actually low-cal

15. Sweet tea bourbon

Because your favorite iced tea is missing just one thing: A drop of booze
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Simple. Spiked. Right to the point.

16. Mint and lime sweet tea martini

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You can’t talk about cocktails without including a martini, and this one is perfect.

17. Boozy Thai iced tea

Because your favorite iced tea is missing just one thing: A drop of booze
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This recipe is perfect for early on in the month, when nights are still a little chilly. The heavy cream base makes it well suited for a refreshing treat that won’t set your teeth chattering.

18. The classic Long Island

Because your favorite iced tea is missing just one thing: A drop of booze
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The Long Island is technically a cheater tea, since there’s no actual iced tea to be found in the recipe. Even so, any home bartender needs to have this recipe in their repertoire. Serve with caution, though, because this “tea” can get you to your happy place a lot quicker than most!

Originally published May 2015. Updated September 2016.

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