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Iced Tea Vodka Cocktail


This quick and easy Iced Tea Vodka Cocktail is super refreshing and the perfect drink to sip when the weather warms up in spring on into summer. With a little bit of lemon, a touch of sweetness and your favorite vodka, this boozy drink is sure to be one of your new favorite cocktails to make at home.

Tall glass with iced tea next to lemon wedges and a mint garnish.
An easy and refreshing spiked iced tea cocktail that takes just moments to make.

Don’t get me wrong, iced tea is delicious on its own, but when you spike it with vodka, it’s on a whole new level.

This easy vodka cocktail is perfect for the person looking to enjoy a drink at home. There’s no shaking or straining and it’s super straightforward.

Like most of my cocktail recipes, you can use this recipe as a base and add or take away flavors from there.

So if you love iced tea, the chances are high that you’ll love this drink idea.

Some cocktails can be full of added sugars, but this one uses natural ingredients, like honey, lemon, and mint. Black tea even has some health benefits. We won’t get too deep about the vodka.

Why you need to try this Iced Tea Vodka Cocktail

Of course, you can mix vodka with iced tea. And it tastes really good. To ensure that you love the flavor, use your favorite brands of iced tea and vodka. You can’t go wrong.

Doesn’t spiked iced tea just sound like a great idea?

This cocktail recipe requires no special skills or bar tools. Just stirring. And quite frankly, it won’t be ruined if you don’t stir it well.

Make this yummy Ice Tea Vodka recipe next time you want something boozy and refreshing that will get you in the mood for summer.


Ingredients for ice tea vodka cocktail on the table.
What you need to make a yummy iced tea cocktail.

You’ll need your favorite vodka (I like Tito’s vodka in my cocktails), an orange liqueur (such as Cointreau), bottled Teavana Meyer Lemon Black Tea is a great option and helps to keep this cocktail quick to make.

You can use another prepared black tea if you have a different favorite or brew tea to use (make it strong!). Look for something without too much added sugar. Earl Grey or Ginger Peach black tea would probably be delicious!

Honey, lemon juice from 1/4 of a lemon, a few ice cubes, plus some fresh mint for garnish help make it super refreshing.

How To Make a Vodka and Iced Tea Cocktail

Woman adding iced tea to a tall glass with vodka.

In a tall glass with ice measure in your vodka, orange liqueur and black tea.

Woman measuring honey on a teaspoon.

Add honey, if you need it – this will depend on the sweetness of your brand of iced tea.

Woman squeezing a lemon wedge into a glass of iced tea.

A squeeze of fresh lemon is all you need to finish off this simple vodka and iced tea drink.

Woman stirring a glass of iced tea.

Stir with a bar spoon, then clap the sprig of mint in between your palms once or twice before you add it to the glass. It will release even more fragrance! Your nose will love it, trust me!

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don’t have any Cointreau or Triple Sec?

Just leave it out! You can substitute a splash of orange juice if you have it. Or a drop of orange essential oil (providing it is food grade and safe for consumption).

Help! The honey won’t mix into the drink properly.

Honey can sometimes be clumpy if it gets too cold. If you find that it doesn’t mix well, you can try agave syrup (which is more forgiving of temperature) or simple syrup.

Can I use sweet tea in this recipe instead?

If sweet tea is more your thing, you can easily turn this into a Sweet Tea Vodka drink by adding more sweetener (to taste) or using a store-bought sweet tea.

Would flavored vodka work in this recipe?

Yes! You can add even more flavor to this super simple drink by using flavored vodka. My homemade orange-infused vodka would be so yummy in this.

You can also create your own ice tea flavored vodka for more tea flavor and to use in other tasty cocktails.

Do you have a low-sugar version of this recipe?

Make it u0022skinnyu0022 by skipping the sweetener altogether and choosing a black tea without any added sugars.

Close up of a glass of iced tea with a mint garnish and lemon wedges.

Give this vodka iced tea a try and let me know what you think!

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Tall glass of iced tea with mint garnish and lemon wedges next to it.

Spiked Ice Tea Vodka Cocktail

Spike your favorite summer drink to make a refreshing cocktail you can drink any time of year. This easy Vodka and Iced tea recipe takes your favorite black tea and makes it boozy with a little vodka. A squeeze of fresh lemon and a dab of honey give it the sweetness you'll want to sip on all season long.
4 from 4 votes
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Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Calories: 169kcal
Servings: 1 cocktail


  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1/2 oz. orange liqueur such as Cointreau
  • 4 1/2 oz Teaveana Meyer Lemon Black Tea
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • lemon juice from 1/4 of a lemon
  • garnish with fresh mint


  • In a tall glass with ice add vodka, orange liqueur, black tea, honey, and lemon juice.
  • Stir with a bar spoon.
  • Garnish with mint.


I love the flavor of this Teavana tea but you can use your favorite black tea. Tejava is another good pre-made tea to use for cocktails.
Honey and tea just go together. But you can swap it out for agave or simple syrup if it doesn’t mix in as well as you’d like it to.
Don’t have orange liqueur? Just skip it or add a small splash of orange juice to the drink.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g
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This post was originally published on March 16, 2020, and has now been updated with updated links, and more information and instructions to help you create your own cocktail at home!

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  1. Being from the south, sweet tea is a staple here. Vodka iced tea is always a refreshing drink for us to easily mix up.

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