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Recreate your own hard iced tea bar with these three simple recipes perfect for a summer soiree.

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 usual alcoholic beverage? 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 guy’s birthday party, 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.

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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 add a touch of nostalgia, and having dishtowels on
hand is a must for easy cleanup. Writing drink names on brown paper tags makes them
more identifiable.

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Blackberry-Bourbon
Iced Tea:

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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 ½ 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).

Click here for the original recipe.

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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:

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Serves 12

Ingredients:

  • 4 ½
    cups brewed black tea, chilled
  • 1 ½
    cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ½
    cups ginger liqueur
  • 1 ½
    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.

Click here for the original recipe.

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

Gin Rickey:

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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.

Click here for
the original recipe.

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

What’s your favorite recipe for a twisted iced tea? Tell us in the comments below!