Lemonade Iced TeaThis refreshing drink combines two summer favorites—lemonade and iced tea. Turn this into a cocktail by adding bourbon or spiced dark rum.
Mint TeaFinish a casual back-porch dinner party with mint tea, served chilled. Fresh spearmint and sugar add just the right punch to the green tea. Pair with a menu inspired by food from Morocco or the West Indies.
Lemon Verbena Iced TeaAdd an herbal flair to your favorite sweet tea with verbena leaves, which lend a potent lemon flavor to any drink. Cook sugar and water first to supersaturate the mixture. Then add to boiled verbena leaves and let chill overnight to marry the flavors. Pour tea into glasses first, and then top with the sugar syrup. Garnish with mint.
Peach Iced TeaCombine freshly brewed or store-bought tea with canned peach nectar, sugar, and lime juice for a sweet summer afternoon drink with just a hint of tart flavor. This beverage keeps well, so make a big batch and store some in the fridge for thirsty drop-in visitors.
Marian's Iced TeaJust because the Kentucky Derby is over doesn't mean that a Southern classic has to be sent to the pasture for the rest of the season. This tea holds all the tasty secrets of the mint julep–mint and bourbon–and adds fresh lemon, lime, and sweetened tea to create a summer-ready drink for the adults in your circle.
Mock Tea SangríaFinally, a sangría that even the kiddos can enjoy. Grape juice, lemon, lime, orange soft drink, and puréed raspberries give this ruby-red drink its great flavor.
Hibiscus Tea PunchAccent the floral flavor of the hibiscus tea with sparkling apple cider. This cool drink fits perfectly at the family picnic or an afternoon poolside with friends.
Iced Hibiscus Sweet TeaOffer beautiful, ruby red Iced Hibiscus Sweet Tea as a refreshing alternative to regular iced tea.
Blackberry Iced TeaMake this sweet, plum-hued beverage year-round by using fresh or frozen blackberries. Crush sugared blackberries with a wooden spoon, then mix with mint and baking soda. Combine with tea and let stand for an hour before straining. Add water, and chill before serving.
Sparkling Cranberry Tea CocktailsServe an adults-only tea, flavored with orange liqueur, for neighborhood happy hour gatherings. This recipe is a great make-ahead option. Simply brew the tea and mix with cranberry juice, vodka, and liqueur; then chill. Add ginger ale just before serving to give it a refreshing fizzy sensation.
Iced Mint TeaTo infuse the tea with the most mint flavor, refrigerate with the mint sprigs. But if you prefer a lighter mint taste, let the sprigs steep for 5 minutes, then remove before chilling. Traditional mint tea tends to be very sweet, so feel free to tailor the amount of sugar to your taste.
Sunset PalmerThis gentler version of the classic Arnold Palmer features lemongrass, lemon verbena, lemon balm, and lemon zest.
Minty Iced Green TeaFresh mint leaves and green tea make this iced tea a summer standout. Sweeten with honey or agave if you desire.