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Sweet Tea Old Fashioned

Sweet Tea Old Fashioned by Wood and Spoon. This is the classic Kentucky bourbon cocktail made with orange bitters, whiskey, and just a smidge of ready to drink sweet tea. Make this in a batch for friends as a party beverage or drink as a great end of day cocktail. This is a southern spin on the original drink! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

We’re so close. The fall season and all that comes with it- the changing leaves, the scent of cinnamon, and the onset of denim and cozy sweaters- is so close it’s almost tangible. Although my thermometer is protesting, I’m ready to dive head first into autumnal everything, and today we’re going to start with this sweet tea old fashioned.

It’s no secret that I love bourbon. Very few things expose my Kentucky roots like my adoration for the sweet and subtle burn of that perfect amber liquid. Today we’re going to transform my favorite bourbon cocktail, a classic old fashioned, by adding Red Diamond Sweet Tea. The combination of those two quintessential Southern things makes for a winning, drinkable combo that is just perfect this time of year.

Sweet Tea Old Fashioned by Wood and Spoon. This is the classic Kentucky bourbon cocktail made with orange bitters, whiskey, and just a smidge of ready to drink sweet tea. Make this in a batch for friends as a party beverage or drink as a great end of day cocktail. This is a southern spin on the original drink! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

This sweet tea old fashioned requires very few ingredients, but because of this, we want to opt for the highest quality possible. We first start with a peel of orange and a few dashes of bitters. Muddle the two together in an old fashioned glass until the oils in fruit are released. Next we add 2 ounces of high-quality Kentucky bourbon and a hefty pour of chilled Red Diamond Sweet Tea. Finish it off with an extra-large ice cube and enjoy. Seriously, it’s that simple.

Sweet Tea Old Fashioned by Wood and Spoon. This is the classic Kentucky bourbon cocktail made with orange bitters, whiskey, and just a smidge of ready to drink sweet tea. Make this in a batch for friends as a party beverage or drink as a great end of day cocktail. This is a southern spin on the original drink! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

Sweet tea is a staple here in the South, and it’s no secret that my go-to fave is from a locally founded company, Red Diamond. Made simply with tea leaves, water, and sugar, Red Diamond Sweet Tea is free of preservatives and concentrates and has that perfect classic flavor that every glass of good Southern sweet tea should. The combination of bourbon and sweet tea makes for an old fashioned that is slightly sweeter and more drinkable than the classic cocktail. Because there are so few ingredients and very uncomplicated preparation involved, this is a great cocktail to batch for a group of friends.

Sweet Tea Old Fashioned by Wood and Spoon. This is the classic Kentucky bourbon cocktail made with orange bitters, whiskey, and just a smidge of ready to drink sweet tea. Make this in a batch for friends as a party beverage or drink as a great end of day cocktail. This is a southern spin on the original drink! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

I hope you’ll give this sweet tea old fashioned a try sometime this fall! Be sure to pick up a gallon of Red Diamond Sweet Tea and give a toast on my behalf. Have a great weekend and happy fall y’all!

If you like this sweet tea old fashioned you should try:

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Warm Apple Tea

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy

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Sweet Tea Old Fashioned

This sweet tea old fashioned is a Southern spin on the classic bourbon cocktail!

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Total Time: 2
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
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Ingredients

  • Orange peel
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 6 ounces chilled sweet tea

Instructions

  1. Muddle the strip of orange peel and bitters together in an old fashioned glass until the orange peel has released some oils. You’ll notice a strong orange scent in the glass. Add the bourbon and sweet tea. Add a large ice cube and enjoy!

Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea

Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea made with ginger beer, bourbon whiskey, lime, and Red Diamond ready-to-drink sweet tea. This is a great summertime cocktail that can be batched for a crowd. Refreshing from the ginger and sweetened by Read Diamond's tea, this bourbon cocktail is a Southern delight! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you’ve followed along on this blog for any length of time you know I’ve just had a baby. It’s weird- pregnancy is so all-consuming that it’s easy to forget what life was before. There’s just so many physical (okay, emotional and mental too) limitations for those 9 months. But now that we’ve welcome baby Charlie into the world and I’m beginning to get back to my (new) normal, I’ve enjoyed the slow tiptoe back into a non-pregnant lifestyle and the things I missed out on for a few months. Perfect example: bourbon. I love bourbon. I missed bourbon. Now, post-pregnancy and able to enjoy an adult beverage from time to time, I’m really digging grown-up drinks, and this bourbon ginger sweet tea is so up my alley.

Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea made with ginger beer, bourbon whiskey, lime, and Red Diamond ready-to-drink sweet tea. This is a great summertime cocktail that can be batched for a crowd. Refreshing from the ginger and sweetened by Read Diamond's tea, this bourbon cocktail is a Southern delight! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This is a seriously simple cocktail to throw together. Kentucky bourbon, lime juice, and ginger beer are combined with sweet tea and poured over a tall glass of ice to make a cocktail that is kind of a mash-up of a bourbon mule and sweet tea. Because no shaking or blending is needed, this also happens to be a great cocktail to batch for a crowd and share on the last of this season.

Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea made with ginger beer, bourbon whiskey, lime, and Red Diamond ready-to-drink sweet tea. This is a great summertime cocktail that can be batched for a crowd. Refreshing from the ginger and sweetened by Read Diamond's tea, this bourbon cocktail is a Southern delight! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

To make a really good bourbon ginger sweet tea we need really good ingredients. Sweet tea is a staple here in the South, and it’s no secret that my go-to fave is from a locally founded company, Red Diamond. Made simply with tea leaves, water, and sugar, Red Diamond Sweet Tea is free of preservatives and concentrates and has that perfect classic flavor that every glass of good Southern sweet tea should. To the tea we add fresh lime juice, quality Kentucky bourbon, and just a smidge of ginger beer. The lime juice and ginger beer balance out the boozy sweetness of the bourbon and sweet tea, and all together these ingredients make up a cocktail that is seriously easy to drink. Pace yourselves, people.

Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea made with ginger beer, bourbon whiskey, lime, and Red Diamond ready-to-drink sweet tea. This is a great summertime cocktail that can be batched for a crowd. Refreshing from the ginger and sweetened by Read Diamond's tea, this bourbon cocktail is a Southern delight! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you’d like to batch this bourbon ginger sweet tea for a crowd, pull out your calculators and get computing! I recommend stirring the ingredients together just before serving and allowing guests to pour their own over glasses of ice. If you want to make these ahead, just leave out the ice and the ginger beer until just before serving to keep the cocktail slightly fizzy and to prevent it from getting watered down. Serve each tea in a tall glass and garnish with a lime wedge if you’re feeling extra fancy.

Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea made with ginger beer, bourbon whiskey, lime, and Red Diamond ready-to-drink sweet tea. This is a great summertime cocktail that can be batched for a crowd. Refreshing from the ginger and sweetened by Read Diamond's tea, this bourbon cocktail is a Southern delight! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you, like me, are doing all you can to soak in these last few days of summer, give this bourbon ginger sweet tea a try. It’s seriously refreshing and makes for a great treat to sip on day or night. Many thanks to Red Diamond for sponsoring this post and to you all for supporting brands that make Wood & Spoon possible. If you give the recipe a try, let me know what you think in the comments section below! Happy Monday!

If you like this bourbon ginger sweet tea you should check out:

Warm Apple Tea

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy

Pinot Margaritas

Grapefruit Moscow Mules

 

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Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea

Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea made with ginger beer, bourbon whiskey, lime, and Red Diamond ready-to-drink sweet tea. This is a great summertime cocktail that can be batched for a crowd. Refreshing from the ginger and sweetened by Read Diamond's tea, this bourbon cocktail is a Southern delight! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This bourbon ginger sweet tea is a refreshing summertime and Southern take on a bourbon mule!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 3
  • Total Time: 3
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drink
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Ingredients

  • 11/2 ounces bourbon
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • 5 ounces ready to drink sweet tea
  • 2 ounces ginger beer

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large glass filled with ice. Add an additional ounce of ginger beer if desired. Enjoy!

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy recipe by Wood and spoon blog. This is a bourbon, lemon, cinnamon and honey cocktail sweetened with pre made red diamond sweet tea. A southern take on the classic cocktail. Serve it warm for a refreshingly cozy holiday winter beverage. Make for a crowd for parties too! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

Here in the South, we’re serious about a few things. I’ve talked about this a few times, but as I settle into life as a Southerner, I become more and more aware of what we’re all about here.

For starters, kindness and manners matter. If you’re not calling your Mama “Ma’am,” you might as well be sticking your tongue out at her. We hold the door open for others, gentlemen stand when ladies arrive, and we always, always, ALWAYS say the blessing before a meal. End of story.

Second, we love football. SEC is everything and the fall ballgame schedule reigns supreme. If you’re not into football, you’re just not in [Slowly raises hand and backs away].

And finally, we take pride in our food. Almost everyone has a favorite fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, or pecan pie recipe. Each family has a secret marinade or sauce, an heirloom cookie recipe, or method by which they prefer to season their greens. Southern food is rooted in years of tradition, history, and tried and true flavors that have been perfected over time. It’s not something we take lightly.

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy recipe by Wood and spoon blog. This is a bourbon, lemon, cinnamon and honey cocktail sweetened with pre made red diamond sweet tea. A southern take on the classic cocktail. Serve it warm for a refreshingly cozy holiday winter beverage. Make for a crowd for parties too! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

Take for instance sweet tea. It’s a staple here, and there’s not a soul who hasn’t enjoyed a cold glass on a hot day. When I first moved to the Deep South, I grew to appreciate a perfectly sweetened glass of tea, and now that I’ve experienced great tea, it’s almost painful to drink bad tea.

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy recipe by Wood and spoon blog. This is a bourbon, lemon, cinnamon and honey cocktail sweetened with pre made red diamond sweet tea. A southern take on the classic cocktail. Serve it warm for a refreshingly cozy holiday winter beverage. Make for a crowd for parties too! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

This sweet tea hot toddy is a nod to all that is good in the South. Smooth bourbon, local honey, and incredibly delicious sweet tea combine to make a toasty beverage that will make even a Northerner talk with a drawl. This is a beverage you’ll want to cozy up to all winter long.

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy recipe by Wood and spoon blog. This is a bourbon, lemon, cinnamon and honey cocktail sweetened with pre made red diamond sweet tea. A southern take on the classic cocktail. Serve it warm for a refreshingly cozy holiday winter beverage. Make for a crowd for parties too! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

One of my favorite things about this sweet tea hot toddy is how simple it is. Instead of brewing my own tea, I lean on an Alabama-born made product, Red Diamond Ready-to-Drink Sweet Tea, for the perfect balance of sweet and tea. Their sweet tea is one that even the most discerning of Southerners would trust, and because it safely heats to warm temperature, it is the perfect add-in for this sweet tea hot toddy. Plus, it’s brewed from actual tea leaves with no shortcuts- just sugar, tea, and water.

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy recipe by Wood and spoon blog. This is a bourbon, lemon, cinnamon and honey cocktail sweetened with pre made red diamond sweet tea. A southern take on the classic cocktail. Serve it warm for a refreshingly cozy holiday winter beverage. Make for a crowd for parties too! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

To make this sweet tea hot toddy, we start by warming our tea. Allow a lemon slice, honey, and a cinnamon stick to mull in the hot liquid for a minute or two before adding in the bourbon. Give it a taste. If your taste buds are anything like mine, you’ll be ready to guzzle a glass (or four), but feel free to add more tea or lemon depending on your preferences. If you’re interested in serving a crowd, brew up a big batch and allow guests to ladle mugs straight off of the stove. This sweet tea hot toddy is a great fall beverage that will set the mood for your upcoming holiday parties and gatherings.

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy recipe by Wood and spoon blog. This is a bourbon, lemon, cinnamon and honey cocktail sweetened with pre made red diamond sweet tea. A southern take on the classic cocktail. Serve it warm for a refreshingly cozy holiday winter beverage. Make for a crowd for parties too! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

Many thanks to Red Diamond Coffee & Tea for sponsoring this post, and thank YOU for supporting brands that make this site possible. I hope you’ll pick up some Red Diamond sweet tea and give this sweet tea hot toddy a shot (or two)! Happy drinking, y’all!

This post is sponsored by Red Diamond. All opinions expressed are my own. 

If you like this sweet tea hot toddy you should check out:

Pinot Ritas

Brown Butter Bourbon Madeleines 

Derby Pie Cookies

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Sweet Tea Hot Toddy

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy recipe by Wood and spoon blog. This is a bourbon, lemon, cinnamon and honey cocktail sweetened with pre made red diamond sweet tea. A southern take on the classic cocktail. Serve it warm for a refreshingly cozy holiday winter beverage. Make for a crowd for parties too! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

This sweet tea hot toddy is sweetened with honey and ready made sweet tea. Bourbon is added for a boozy and flavorful finish.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Beverage
Scale

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (170 gm) Sweet Tea (I use Red Diamond)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 lemon slice (1/4” thick)
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
  • 11/2 ounces bourbon

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan on the stove, heat your sweet tea until hot. Bring barely to a boil and carefully pour into a mug. Add the cinnamon stick, lemon slice, and honey, and allow the mixture to cool for five minutes. Stir in the bourbon and enjoy!