13 Deliciously Delightful Chilled & Hot Tea Cocktails


The history of tea is fascinating and for nearly 5,000 years it has been a source of medicine, meditation, piracy and political upheaval. Since it was first discovered, tea has traveled the world conquering the thirsts in virtually every corner of the planet. One legend claims the emperor of China discovered tea. And who doesn’t equate tea with the British since the Queen of England made it the official drink of royalty back in the 17th Century! Today, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world after water. We figured if tea works so well for emperors, kings and queens (and the rest of the world for that matter) why not have a little fun by adding some spirits and give the drink a modern twist? Move over hot cocoa — here are a number of spiked hot tea cocktails to warm you up this winter. Although some are served warm, a few of them are better chilled, so grab a glass, some tea and raise that pinkie finger to toast like royalty!

Chilled Tea Cocktails

Many of us are currently weathering the winter by staying warm any way we can. Then there’s that group of us who simply want our cocktail hour to whisk us away to thoughts of warmer times – feet in the sand, ice clinking in a glass. Although we don’t need paper umbrellas and lavish garnishes, we’re looking for a refreshingly chilled cocktail when it’s party time. With a little tea and a few good spirits you’re on your way with the cocktails below.

Chai Tea Manhattan (exclusive to The Good Stuff!)


A classic cocktail updated with a delicious tea. Simplicity at its best.

Tools :: Cocktail tin, barspoon, citrus peeler

Glass :: Martini

Extras ::  orange rind for garnish

Ingredients – Chai Tea Infusion: Infuse at room temperature for 5 days

  • 1/2 cup loose leaf Chai Tea
  • 750 ml Bourbon {we used Bulliet}

For each cocktail:

  • 2 oz Chai Tea infused Bourbon
  • 3/4 oz. Sweet Vermouth
  • 2-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters


Squirt bitters into chilled martini glass and swirl bitters to coat inside of glass. Combine liquid ingredients into ice filled cocktail tin and using barspoon, stir to chill ~ approx. 20 revolutions. Strain into martini glass and garnish.

Elderflower Iced Tea

WSJ_ElderflowerIcedTeaSource: WSJ

There’s nothing more refreshing than a tall ice-filled glass and a gin & tonic ~ until now. Infusing the gin with some loose leaf Earl Grey tea (only takes a week to infuse!) and adding the floral goodness of St. Germain will have you thinking twice about that G&T!

Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktail

sweet tea bourbon cocktailSource: Joy the Baker

This cocktail is simple, uncomplicated and easy to drink. Black tea, agave, mint and orange combine with bourbon for a cocktail sure to make you kick up your feet, sit back and enjoy every sip.

The Leland Palmer

BonAppetit_the-leland-palmerSource: Bon Appetit

An unbeatable combination of iced tea and lemonade, the classic Arnold Palmer is a stable during the summer months. Bon Appetit brings us an all-star recipe that includes freshly brewed jasmine tea, gin, fresh grapefruit and the added touch of Limoncello. This is a cocktail served cold but it’s sure to warm you up quickly!

Whiskey Tea Highball

imbibe_whiskey_tea highballSource: Imbibe Magazine

Made with loose-leaf lapsing tea and dried heather flowers, this smoky tea lends a delicious new-age edge to a classic southern highball cocktail.

Earl Grey Vodkatini

Food52_EarlGreyVodkatiniSource: Food 52

Inspired by watching an episode of Downton Abby, this cocktail marries the comfort of Earl Grey tea with the smooth texture of vodka and Cointreau for a perfect combo. Just don’t get all ‘squiffy’ by having a few too many!

Midnight Cowboy’s Fish House Punch

Yummly_MidnightCowboyFishHousePunchSource: Yummly

Don’t let the name fool you. With ingredients like prosecco, rum, cognac and green tea, this modern version of Fish House Punch is a far cry from log-cabin cowboy brews ~ it’s royalty in a cup! This version was created by Brian Dressel of Midnight Cowboy in Austin, Texas.

Hot Tea Cocktails

Hot Buttered Chai

Hot Buttered Chai Source: Serious Eats

There’s something about a Hot Buttered Rum cocktail that feels very Christmas, but when you put a little twist on the recipe by using Chai Tea and brandy, things raise to a whole new winter-wonderland-like level.

Apple Cider Hot Toddy

CookieandKate_apple-cider-toddySource: Cookie and Kate

Combining black or green tea with cider and bourbon for this cocktail creates a light and warming drink to be shared with friends or made before snuggling up with your favorite book. Make sure to use unfiltered apple cider for the best results.

Smoked Maple Bourbon Chai Tea Toddy

TheKitchn_SmokedMapleBourbonChaiTeaToddySource: The Kitchn

Just reading the name of this hot tea cocktail made us want to make one! Perfect for cocktailing in your backyard under the stars with an outdoor fire pit and a warm Pendleton wool blanket. Cozy-on-up!

Amarula Thai Tea

TheKitchn_AmarulaThaiTeaSource: The Kitchn

Amarula is a cream liqueur, made from the Marula fruit. It’s a rich and creamy addition to many hot cocktails made with coffee or tea. For this frothy concoction all that’s needed is a bottle of Amarula and some Thai tea with milk. That’s our kind of tea-latte!

Hot Mojito Tea

MyRecipes_HotMojitoTeaSource: My Recipes

Everyone loves a Mojito! For the cooler winter months, change it up a little by serving this mint-packed wonder with some rum, a little brown sugar and your favorite tea.

A Nice Warm Drink

About com_aNice-WarmDrinkSource: About.com

The warmth of an orange spiced tea married with apple cider and some rum creates a heart-warming punch that’s sure to have friends asking for seconds.


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