Just because it’s cocktail hour doesn’t mean you have to abandon your favorite tea. Tea is such a versatile ingredient. You can literally come up with thousands of recipes for boozy sweet tea cocktails for your next gathering.
And the great thing is most of these creations are delicious even without the added alcohol. So if you have friends who shy away from an alcoholic tea recipe, you can whip up a virgin one just as easily.
Here are 15 tea cocktail recipes to get your next gathering started off right.
Sweet Tea Sangria
This refreshing sweet tea sangria was created by Jill at Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons. I happen to love sangria in the summertime and this is a delicious twist on a favorite hot weather drink.
Make a pitcher and have some friends over for some summer relaxing!
Hibiscus Tea Margaritas
Thanks go out to The Schmidty Wife for this recipe for a refreshing hibiscus margarita.
If you love the iced hibiscus tea you can get at your local coffee shop, you’re going to love this pink, tropical take on the traditional margarita. Perfect for any summer gathering, this would be a absolute hit at a bridal shower, girls night or outdoor barbecue.
Chai Tea White Russian
If you love the spicy zest of a good chai tea, check out this recipe from Jay and Leah of Gastronom.
This recipe is a little involved, but is worth the work. The alcohol in this one comes from both vodka and Kahlua, which end up being the perfect pairing to go with a spicy chai tea.
Lemon Bourbon Sweet Tea
This boozy tea recipe for a crowd from Inquiring Chef is the perfect drink to offer your friends on a hot summer day.
This refreshing drink combines lemon, ginger, black tea and bourbon. If you have a mixologist in your house have them pull out the bitters because you’ll need a bit of that too.
Refreshing and delicious, this drink is a great excuse to have a group over once the hot weather is here.
Earl Grey Bourbon Cocktails
Pull out your fancy pants glasses when you whip up one of these Earl Grey cocktails created by Beginning with Bergamot.
This gorgeous and delicious boozy tea cocktail is a mix of Earl Grey tea, bourbon, blackberries, and simple syrup. This fragrant and festive drink gives me another reason to be thankful that I always have some homemade simple syrup on hand for just this type of occasion.
Spiked Arnold Palmer Iced Tea
This classic summer mixture of iced tea and lemonade created by Delightful E Made gets a kick from a shot of bourbon in the mix.
Perfect after a round of golf on a sweltering day, or pretty much anytime you want to cool off with a refreshing beverage, this tea cocktail hits the spot when you need a cool break.
White Tea Vodka Smash
This cool boozy tea can be made with either white tea, or peach white tea if you want a fruity drink. Created by Sips by, this mixture of tea,, lemon juice, and honey has the addition of the surprising flavor of fresh thyme.
Your choice of gin or vodka lets you personalize the drink to your taste. A bit of sparkling water adds just a touch of bubbles.
Agave Green Tea Mojitos
Mojitos are definitely one of my all time cocktails for summer weather, and this recipe from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken is a great one.
This is basically a traditional mojito jazzed up with the addition of green tea. Refreshing and delicious!
Jasmine Green Tea Palomas
Get ready for another absolutely gorgeous boozy tea cocktail! The Moody Mixologist created this pretty in pink paloma recipe.
Like a traditional paloma with tequila and grapefruit juice, this one mixes in the addition of jasmine green tea and muddled raspberries. I love it when a drink is as delicious as it is beautiful.
Sweet Tea Prosecco Cocktails
Vanilla and Bean created this refreshing cocktail with a base of black tea. This is a flexible recipe that can use either vodka or gin, and either honey or simple syrup, depending on the flavor you’re looking for.
I love that you can mix up a batch of these in advance and just top them off with the prosecco right when you’re ready to serve them.
Camping Spiked Tea Cocktail
I am definitely packing the ingredients for this alcoholic tea drink next time we go camping with our college friends.
This super easy recipe was created by Exploration America, and uses a base of canned lemon-flavored iced tea, lemon slices, and Jack Daniels.
Fireball Orange Sweet Tea
The Toasty Kitchen created this refreshing, spicy alcoholic tea drink.
This boozy tea cocktail combines sweet tea, orange juice and Fireball Whisky. The cinnamon kick of this one is just perfect for when the weather just starts to change in the fall.
The Gin Goblin
Just the name of this alcoholic tea recipe makes me smile. This creation from Sugar and Charm tastes great and looks amazingly green!
It’s easy to mix up a batch of these not-too-sweet cocktails. And they might be a bit healthier than your average boozy iced tea since they have the added healthful punch of green tea and cucumber.
Spiked Peach Tea
Peach nectar gives this cocktail from The Blond Cook a sweet summer taste.
Delicious even without the whiskey, this is the perfect tea for sipping on a hot summer day.
Jameson Green Tea Shots
What list of cocktails would be complete without at least one shot recipe? This green tea shot recipe from Homemade Food Junkie is a great way to get your next party started.
Simple to make, this shot gets its flavor from Jameson Irish Whiskey, sweet and sour mix, and peach schnapps. Yummy!
The Takeaway: Tea Cocktails For The Win!
No matter what kind of alcohol you prefer (or none!), you’re bound to find a unique and delicious tea-infused cocktail to mix up for your next get together.