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.

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.


Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea:


Serves 10


  • 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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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:

Serves 12


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

Gin Rickey:


Serves 10


  •  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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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!