Sweet Tea Mule


Simple and sweet—that's how we like our cocktails. This one is a boozy spin on sweet tea, the South's favorite beverage, and we love how fresh and flavorful it is. It's also a delightfully easy recipe, which means it just might be destined to be your house cocktail this summer. All you need to keep on hand—we store the shelf-stable ingredients in our bar carts, ready for a party—is ginger beer, bourbon, and lime juice. It also calls for unsweetened tea and simple syrup, which you can mix up as needed. Then the fun part: Stir it all together in a pitcher, garnish with slices of lime, and voila! You have a refreshing cocktail with just a touch of gingery bite. We like it served in highball glasses or Moscow mule mugs. It's a party-ready drink (that serves 8!), and it has us dreaming of long afternoons spent chatting with friends on front porches and back decks. Summer, we're so happy you're here!

Sweet Tea Mule
Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall
8 serves


  • 2 (12-oz.) bottles ginger beer

  • 4 1/2 cups unsweetened tea

  • 3/4 cup (6 oz.) bourbon

  • 1/3 cup Simple Syrup

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from 2 limes)

  • Garnish: thinly sliced lime


  1. Stir together ginger beer, unsweetened tea, bourbon, Simple Syrup, and fresh lime juice in a 2- to 3-qt. pitcher. Fill 8 large highball glasses or Moscow mule mugs with ice. Pour cocktail evenly into glasses; garnish with thinly sliced lime.

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