Looking for the best boozy tea drinks for your next gathering? We've compiled enough tea-and-alcohol drinks to make any event merry.
A hot cup of tea or an ice-cold glass of boozy sweet tea is a regular sight at my house, depending on the season and the weather.
But sometimes, tea just doesn't hit the spot. I need something a wee bit stronger, especially when I know company is coming!
Adding alcohol to tea, both hot and cold, has a long history, so there are many possibilities to choose from.
Here are 9 boozy tea recipes with a little sauce added to make any tea party a little brighter.
1. Hot Toddies
Hot toddies are wonderful when you're feeling under the weather, but their benefits are not just medicinal.
Steaming mugs of this concoction are a perfect accompaniment to small intimate events like a book club meeting or date night in front of a roaring fire.
Here's how to make this simple, comforting drink.
- Make a pot of black tea and pour into large mugs until they're 3/4 full.
- To each mug add a drizzle of honey, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a shot of whiskey.
- Add a wedge of lemon to each mug and serve immediately.
2. Rummy Tea
A rummy tea is technically a type of hot toddy, but it's so tasty it deserves its own name and entry.
- Make a pot of tea and pour into large mugs until they're 3/4 full.
- To each mug, add a drizzle of honey, a splash of milk, and a shot of rum.
- Garnish with cinnamon sticks.
3. Irish Chai
This is another great cold-weather drink. It's perfect after a brisk walk on a blustery day; the spices are warming and the creamy liqueur is nice and filling.
- Brew a pot of chai tea and pour it into mugs.
- Instead of milk and honey, top each mug with a generous shot of Irish Cream.
4. Chamomile Gin
This easy gin cocktail is sometimes called “Baby Takes A Nap” because of its gentle, soothing quality. Chamomile pairs wonderfully with the herbaceous flavor of good gin.
- Brew a cup of chamomile tea.
- Add a shot of gin and a drizzle of honey and drink warm.
5. Green Tea Sake
Green tea and sake go together like milk and cookies. Or Peanut butter and Jam.
Use our iced green tea recipe to make this delicious iced tea cocktail.
- Make a batch of iced green tea.
- Add 8 ounces of sake to the pitcher and stir.
- Serve over ice garnished with fresh mint sprigs.
6. Pomegranate Tea Punch
Need a fast, refreshing drink to serve a crowd at happy hour? Try this fizzy tea punch!
Mix in a large punch bowl
- 1 quart of sweet tea, chilled
- 1 2-liter bottle of ginger ale, chilled
- 1 cup of pomegranate juice, chilled
- 1 cup orange juice, chilled
- 2 cups of vodka
Float orange slices on top and serve ice cold in festive cups.
7. Earl Grey Vodka
Vodka is great for infusing. Its neutral taste allows you to impart delicate flavors into the alcohol. You can use it in many different cocktail recipes for fresh takes on old-fashioned drinks.
- Pour a cup of vodka into a jar.
- Add 3 bags of Earl Grey tea and cover with a tight-fitting lid.
- Let the jar sit for 8 hours or overnight until the vodka turns a lovely deep amber color.
- Remove the tea bags and store your vodka in the fridge.
This tea-infused vodka makes fantastic vodka tonics!
8. Hibiscus Margaritas
The tart flavor and deep red color of hibiscus tea make it perfect as a base for margaritas, giving them a refreshingly sweet and sour taste.
This simple syrup flavored with herbal tea is quick to make and can be stored in the fridge for later.
- Boil together 2 cups of water and 1 cup of agave syrup.
- Turn off the heat, add 4 bags of hibiscus tea, and cover.
- Let steep for about 5 to 7 minutes. It should turn a deep, dark red.
- Remove the tea bags and pour the syrup into a glass jar.
To make margaritas, shake together 2 ounces of this simple syrup, 2 ounces of grapefruit juice, and 2 ounces of tequila. Pour over ice.
9. Sparkling Watermelon Tea
Nothing says summertime like fresh watermelon. This warm-weather drink is not only sweet and soothing, it also packs a nice punch.
- Scoop out the insides of a small watermelon and liquefy in a blender.
- Pour about 2 cups of the juice into a pot, add 1 cup of sugar, and boil until dissolved.
- Pour the juice into a pitcher, add 2 cups of cold black tea, 2 cups of sparkling water, and 1 cup of vodka.
- Chill until cold and serve over ice.
The Last Word In Boozy Tea Drinks
There's no need to worry about how you're going to spend your evenings off with our spiked tea suggestions. We've included boozy tea drinks for every season, taste, and type of teabag.
You should never be caught without a good glass of alcohol-fortified tea at hand!
Prefer boozy coffee? Check out our guide to the best liquor for coffee.
Best Boozy Tea Drinks: FAQs
What alcohol goes well with green tea?
Green tea has a delicate flavor, so you want alcohol that doesn't overpower it. Sake and vodka are both good choices.
What alcohol is good in hot tea?
Most types of alcohol can be mixed with tea perfectly well. . The most traditionally used American culture is probably bourbon, which tastes wonderful added to freshly brewed black tea. Tequila, vodka, and gin also pair well with a steaming cup of tea.