Friday, June 4, 2010

Weekend Cocktails - Southern Iced Tea Cocktail

A very refreshing adult beverage, this cocktail is somewhat of a cross between a Long Island Iced Tea and an Arnold Palmer. A perfect beverage for porch sittin'!

Southern Iced Tea Cocktail

With summer unofficially here, and certainly by mother nature's standards, I set out to make a refreshing weekend cocktail perfect for hanging out on the porch under the ceiling fan and with the absolute intention that it needed to be composed of southern iced tea in some manner.

There is truly nothing in this part of The South that refreshes and cools you down on a hot day like a cold glass of iced tea, and while some southerners skip the lemon, there are others of us that feel it is a natural extension of the beverage. To me, the tartness of the lemon against the sweetness of the tea are just a perfect marriage, so I knew this cocktail had to also contain those elements. I started with using just one liquor, but found the drink to be far too flat, so I experimented a bit until I found this mixture of clear liquors that worked perfectly and of course, some simple syrup to add the sweetness.

Sort of a mix between a Long Island Iced Tea and an Arnold Palmer, what resulted was a wonderfully refreshing cocktail, perfect for kicking off the weekend.  Park yourself in a comfy chair, kick off your shoes, put your feet up and sip on this while you listen to the sounds of the evening roll in. As easy as this goes down, be careful though.  This one will sneak up on you. Use pint sized Mason jars, if you prefer to share.

By the way, if you're clicking over here from a search engine lookin' for regular ole sweet southern iced tea just click right here. Unless, of course, you're curious about what the heck a southern iced tea cocktail is now, and then, well let's just carry on!

Recipe: Southern Iced Tea Cocktail

©An Original from the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min | Yield: 1 or 2 servings

  • 1 quart size Mason jar, or 2 pints
  • 1 ounce of light rum
  • 1 ounce of vodka
  • 1 ounce of gin
  • 4 ounces of freshly squeezed lemon juice or lemonade
  • 3 ounces of unsweetened iced tea recipe
  • 1 to 2 ounces of simple syrup, to taste
  • Sprigs of mint, for garnish
  • Slices of lemon, for garnish

Fill a quart Mason jar with ice.  Add the rum, vodka and gin, lemon juice or lemonade, iced tea and simple syrup.  Stir thoroughly, taste and adjust sweetness if needed; garnish with a slice of lemon and sprig of mint. As always, drink responsibly and don't drink and drive.

Makes one, unless you feel like sharin'.

Cook's Notes: I made one recipe of iced tea, except I did not pour it over ice into a pitcher. Simply remove the tea bags and use the unsweetened concentrate in the cocktail. For a quick substitute, I recommend Milo's tea and lemonade. May substitute sweet and sour mix for the lemon/lemonade.

Classic Long Island Iced Tea: Prepare as above except omit the unsweetened tea, or use a sweet tea vodka, use sweet and sour mix in place of the lemon/lemonade and add an ounce of tequila. Finish with a splash of Coca Cola for color, although to dilute the alcohol further, you may use more Coke.

Tipsy Palmer: Omit rum, vodka and gin, substituting bourbon, Maker's Mark recommended.


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  1. I know what we're going to be sipping this weekend on the porch!

  2. That looks looks so that it's served in a Mason jar. I was lovin' your fried corn post too! I was typing a comment about it when my 2 year old slammed into my morning coffee, splashing the laptop and frying the keyboard. Yikes! Hopefully we'll be able to replace just the keyboard. It was one of those days...guess I could use one of these Iced Tea Cocktails right about now. : )

  3. Looks and sounds very refreshing and after Bev makes tea today, I think I'll have all the ingredients.

  4. That looks SOOOO refreshing, Mary! I am totally into agave syrup right now, do you think that could be a substitute for the simple syrup??

  5. Cheers to Southern Iced Tea. Wow, looks delicious. I could enjoy this :-)

  6. Oh mercy......I think I may need to make a run to the liquor store! Thanks for sharing:)

  7. This was discussed at our blogger get together yesterday as we were consuming other adult beverages, lol. Someone asked, did you see Mary's tea post. This would have been perfect at the time:)

  8. I am from Long Island and would take this Southern Iced Tea Cocktail over a Long Island Iced Tea ANY day!

  9. Mmmm. This is the kind of drink I can really enjoy. Like an Arnie Palmer with something extra. Thanks for sharing!

  10. This sounds delicious! I am picnic-ing tomorrow and am bringing this along. Have you ever heard of Sweet Tea Vodka? I think I might try and make one batch with that.

  11. Kristin - they have sweet tea vodka? Well, I'll be... who knew?!

  12. Hi Mary, oh boy, you my friend have taken the long island ice tea and given it the perverbial shove off the deep end. This one Rocks! Yes there are a few different brands of Sweet Tea Vodka. take a looksee at our blog. I just did one, one post back. One sweet drink!

  13. Cyndy, that's exactly what I had in mind with this drink! Will pop over and see what you created with that STV - I still haven't seen that in my neighborhood liquor store. Yes. We have one in the neighborhood LOL... okay, it's at the shops at the entrance to the neighborhood really, but I just like to say that! ;)

  14. I have a stupid question...what is simple syrup?

  15. Not stupid at all! I apologize that I forgot to link into that, but I have fixed it now. If you click that link it'll show you what I use. It's really just a simple boiled sugar water - used in place of granular sugars. How to Make Simple Syrup:

  16. I've been making this iced tea recipe for years. It is such a step up from the usual. Tell me what you think.

    1 family sized black tea (Lipton)
    1 regular sized Earl Grey (black, not herbal)
    1 regular sized orange spice (black, not herbal)

    Steep with boiling water in a teapot for 5-10 minutes or longer if you so choose. Dilute with cold water to desired strength. Makes great sweet tea, or leave as is for unsweetene tea.

  17. Hi Katherine! Well, I love all of those teas so I'm sure this is fantastic - thanks!!

  18. I'm definitely going to have to give this one a try. I am a huge fan of just making a gallon and tea and adding some vodka. Adding gin and rum seems makes it a party. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Richelle, it is very good - like a cross between an Arnold Palmer and a Long Island Iced Tea. I was happy with the outcome of this concoction!! Please let me know what you think if you give it a try.

  19. I made this today and I love it. I always have these liquors on hand, but they don't get finished in a timely manner. So now I have a refreshing drink to use em up with!
    Thank you for the tea and simple syrup links, they were easy to make and just great on their own.

    1. You're welcome Lynn - I'm so happy you enjoyed it!!


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