Bourbon Spiked Russian Tea

Russian Tea is really a citrusy spiced tea, best when spiked with booze like bourbon or dark rum. A bourbon-spiked pitcher of iced tea is the perfect refresher to serve at your next summer get-together or a lazy afternoon by the pool.

Bourbon Spiked Russian Tea
So, here’s the recipe for my favorite holiday tradition:


  •  4 cups water, divided
  •  4 black tea bags
  •  2 tablespoons sugar
  •  1 cup fresh mint leaves
  •  1 cup Bourbon
  •  Juice from 1/2 lemon
  •  Juice from 1/2 lime


Boil 4 cups water and steep 4 regular-sized tea bags.

Add to that mixture in a large stock pot 1½ cups sugar, 2½ cups pineapple juice, 1½ cups orange juice (frozen concentrate, not diluted), 6 Tsp. fresh lemon juice, 8 whole cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks, and 8 cups water.

Bring to a boil, serve warm, add dark rum or bourbon as desired. I recommend adding the booze to each cup individually, so the buzz-inducing properties don’t get cooked out.

Bourbon Spiked Russian Tea