Spiced Tea Bourbon Refresher Recipe

Think of this as an extra spunky Arnold Palmer. Fresh-brewed tea, ice-cold lemonade, Southern-made bourbon, honey-infused simple syrup, and orange wedges make up this totally Southern, completely delicious cocktail that's just perfect from porch sitting to tailgating. Our favorite part? This drink isn't a high-brow, complicated affair that requires an expert mix master or bartender to whip up a refreshing, crowd-pleasing concoction. No complicated muddlers, shakers, stirrers, or fancy-schmancy liquors required here. The ingredients are simple enough that we're fairly certain you usually have everything you need right at home, even the things needed to throw together the quick honey-infused simple syrup! The extra kick is given with spiced black tea bags for your brew, but regular tea bags will work just fine if you don't want to take a trip to the grocery store. We just like the spiced tea's nod to autumn with its cozy feel. And don't even get us started on our respect for the South's house liquor. Bourbon is an old-fashioned that never gets old. If you're in the market for some of the best bourbon in the South, from high-end to affordable, we can help you find that perfect match. Use it for your new favorite recipe (this one!). You'll be equally excited about the cool lemonade-tea combo as the slow-sipping bourbon, making this the ultimate Southern refreshment to have on hand at your next occasion. We're thinking this will be just perfect for an afternoon tailgate to get ready for the big game!

Spiced Tea Bourbon Refresher
Photo: Becky Luigart Stayner
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Serves 10 (serving size: about 1 cup)


  • 6 cups water

  • 6 regular-size spiced black tea bags (such as Constant Comment)

  • 2 cups (16 oz.) bourbon

  • 2 cups refrigerated bottled lemonade (such as Simply Lemonade)

  • 3/4 cup Honey Simple Syrup

  • Orange wedges


  1. Bring water and teabags to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high. Remove from heat, and steep 30 minutes. Remove tea bags, letting excess liquid drain into tea. (Do not squeeze.) Discard tea bags. Chill tea 1 hour or up to 1 day.

  2. Stir together tea, bourbon, lemonade, and Honey Simple Syrup in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Serve over ice; garnish with orange wedges.

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