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Lemony Spiked Sweet Tea

Lemony Spiked Sweet Tea

Looking for a sweet escape from the summertime heat? Try this refreshing spin on a longtime Southern classic.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 7 cups water
  • 6 orange pekoe tea bags
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup Bacardi 151 or other high-proof golden rum
  • Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish


  • Bring 4 cups of the water to a boil in a medium saucepan and add the tea bags. Remove the pan from the heat, cover it, and allow the tea bags to steep for 5 minutes.

  • Remove and discard the tea bags. Add the sugar to the saucepan and stir until dissolved. Add the remaining 3 cups water and stir to combine. Transfer the mixture to a pitcher, and add the lemon juice and rum. Chill thoroughly before serving.

  • Serve over ice, in tall glasses garnished with mint sprigs.