Tipsy Teas

Tea. Hot, sweet, herbal, or iced, this beverage is the most popular one in the world. With about 2 billion people partaking in alcohol consumption, the two potables were bound to intertwine. Many distilleries are now offering tea-flavored and tea-infused varieties of rum, vodka, and moonshine, but if you have a tea press, a tea dispenser, access to alcohol, and a touch of creativity, you can create an individualized house specialty by joining an artisan tea with a well-crafted liquor. [1]

Tea and Vodka

Due to its subtle flavor, vodka makes an easy mixer, especially for tea. Tea with vodka will let you put some Texas in your highball or some Southern in your martini. Available in flavors like lemon, lime, coconut, chocolate, apple, orange, and raspberry, flavored vodka can add an extra dimension as well. So go wild and mix herbal tea with a flavored vodka and tempt your bar patrons with exotic concoctions that will make your establishment one they’ll easily remember.

Tea and Rum

Spiced, dark, and light rum will each provide a unique flavor profile when blended with tea. Spiced rum with iced tea makes a nice alternative to rum and Coke. Dark rum will bring depth to iced tea, while light rum will accentuate any fruit that you want to add to the blend. Tea-infused rum takes on an especially delectable quality when blended with berries. You can even add a lively twist to daiquiris and mojitos by blending in some refreshing green tea.

Tea and Whiskey

Depending on the type of whiskey you’re considering, the outcome of the tea-infused concoction will be quite different. Consider a variation on the classic hot toddy with a mix of tea, whiskey, and a splash of citrus. Traditional Earl Grey tea pairs well with most scotches on the market, while Darjeeling teas will work best with bourbon and scotch that is on the sweeter side and has floral and citrus tones. With this mixture, smoky or fiery varieties should be avoided. Green tea pairs nicely with whiskeys that are spicy or peppery.[2]

Rye, Irish whiskey, Scotch, and bourbon will all produce different experiences, but all are guaranteed to take your sweet, hot, iced, or herbal tea to the limit.

Tea and Moonshine

The moonshine trend is enjoying a legal renaissance, and with it has come a wave of innovative mixed libations that will definitely get the party rolling. With dozens of flavors of moonshine readily available, there’s no limit to the fruity, spicy, and exotic combinations you can create. From simple splashes of white lightning poured into a tall glass of sweet tea to complex concoctions that border on alchemy, adding refreshing moonshine and tea recipes to your menu is sure to be a hit with your guests.

Tea and Liqueurs

With so many flavors of liqueurs on the market today, there really is no limit to the number of flavor profiles you can achieve. From berries to nuts and chocolate to coffee, these additions will not only add aroma and flavor, but they can also add an interesting dimension to the mouthfeel of the tea. Coffee, nut, and cream liqueurs can provide warmth and comfort during colder weather, while those of the floral or fruit variety can give poolside teas a refreshing, tropical flair. Swirl in some rum, vodka, or tequila for an even more heightened experience.

Tea and Health

For centuries, tea has been touted as a source of numerous health benefits. There is now an entire market for tea-based cocktails that, in moderation, can help you feel better longer. Green tea is a natural health wizard, with studies showing that it helps alleviate ailments from allergies to cancer. When mixed with a shot of vodka, the cocktail has the potential to help increase blood flow to the heart. Adding a shot to hibiscus tea can help to prevent degenerative diseases, while a cocktail containing lavender tea can help soothe the stresses of the day. [3]

No longer does tea have to be the delicate wallflower of the bar scene, while sodas and juice get all the action. Tea can now play a key role in providing a calming effect or becoming the life of the party, depending on the spirit level you’re shooting for.


[1]“Alcohol.” Green Facts. Retrieved 12 January 2015.


[2]Oaklander, Mandy. “12 Healthy Tea Cocktails.” Prevention. Retrieved 12 January 2015.


[3]Thomas, Richard. “Pairing Tea and Whiskey.” The Whiskey Reviewer. Retrieved 12 January 2015.

Kristi Clouse
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