Summer is the perfect time to whip up a batch of refreshing iced tea. And, if you’re brewing some for a party, why not spike it for a spin on the classic cocktail? We rounded up three of our favorite hard iced tea recipes and created a whole specialty bar around them! It’s a great idea for a Father’s Day get-together, or a coed baby shower. Whether you try our takes on the popular recipes or whip up the originals, everything you need to know for your next summer soiree is below.

Evite Hard Iced Tea Bar
We pre-mixed the drinks, poured them into fancy glass dispensers (a trick that makes self-service more appealing), and placed fresh garnishes (think mint sprigs, berries and limes) on the side. Serving drinks in mason jars with striped straws adds a touch of nostalgia, and having dishtowels on hand is a must for quick cleanup. Writing drink names on brown paper tags makes them more easily identifiable.

Evite Hard Iced Tea

Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea:

Evite Blackberry Bourbon Iced Tea

Serves 10

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons fresh mint sprigs, chopped (reserve some for garnish)
  • 12 black tea bags
  • 2 1/2 cups bourbon

Directions: In a large bowl, mash blackberries, chopped mint and sugar. Bring 1 1/2 quarts water to a boil in a medium saucepan, remove from heat and let tea bags steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and pour the tea over the blackberries, mint and sugar mixture. Pour bourbon into the mixture, and let sit for at least 1 hour. Pour the mixture through a strainer into a drink dispenser, pressing on the solids. Cover and refrigerate until cold (at least 2 hours).

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Evite Blackberry Bourbon Iced Tea

We placed a julep cup filled with fresh leaves of mint, a plate of blackberries and a mason jar of rock-candy sugar sticks on dishtowels for garnish.

Smokey Iced Tea and Whiskey Cooler:

Evite Smokey Iced Tea and Whiskey Cooler
Serves 12

Ingredients:

  • 4 1/2 cups brewed black tea, chilled
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups ginger liqueur
  • 1 1/2 cups whiskey
  • Dash Angostura bitters
  • 2 lemons for garnish

Directions: Fill drink dispenser 1/3 full with ice and combine tea, lemon, ginger liqueur, whisky and bitters. Stir well and garnish with lemon slices.

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Evite Smokey Iced Tea and Whiskey Cooler

Rock-candy sugar sticks and lemon slices provide the perfect garnish for this tea.

Gin Rickey:

Evite Gin Rickey Iced Tea

Serves 10

 Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups gin
  • 4 chamomile tea bags
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 4 12 ounce cans seltzer, chilled
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh lime juice (10-12 limes)
  • 2 limes, sliced for garnish

Directions: In a large bowl, combine the gin, tea bags and cloves and let sit for 2 to 4 hours. Fill drink dispenser 1/3 full with ice and strain mixture into it. Discard the tea bags and cloves. Add seltzer and lime juice.

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Evite Gin Rickey Iced Tea

A side of lime slices and rock-candy sugar sticks are the perfect garnish.

 

NEXT: Get even more cocktail recipes, or start prepping for your own hard iced tea bar by sending one of our Outdoor Fun, Father’s Day or Baby Shower invitations.