Summertime is here and that means it’s time to enjoy warm summer days and nights, abundant sunlight, and of course, boozy cocktails. And if you’re looking for a simple summertime drink that is equal parts refreshing and buzzworthy, look no further than cold boozy tea.
Here are eight of the best boozy teas to try this summer:
Top Boozy Tea: Owl’s Brew: Spiked Sparkling Tea
It doesn’t get more refreshing than spiked and sparkling. And with a hint of botanicals, this boozy tea is perfect for summertime sipping.
One of the best things about Owl’s Brew’s boozy teas are that each is made with 100% real ingredients. There are no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners. And for vegans, it contains no natural flavors, since natural flavors commonly have animal byproducts. It is also paraben-free, so you can feel good about what you’re drinking.
Our favorite flavor is Jasmine, Blueberry, & Lemon, but there are other vibrant flavors, including Spiced Chai Cranberry Darjeeling Tea & Hibiscus Flowers, and White Tea, Raspberry, & Watermelon. You could sip it as is, or could add it to a Moscow Mule or a glass of Prosecco for an extra special treat.
This sparkling iced tea can be found on the Owl’s Brew website, where they ship to 28 different states. You can also order their boozy tea it via Instacart or find it at most Bevmo! and Total Wine locations.
If you’ve ever been inside a 7-Eleven, chances are you’ve seen a canned Arnold Palmer. It’s a mix of iced tea and lemonade, and it’s the perfect summer drink. And now, there’s a spiked version that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your next pool party.
Arnold Palmer Spiked Half & Half is available in both Original and Lite options, as well as spiked lemonade and hard iced tea.
To find it, visit the Arnold Palmer Website and navigate to the store locator, where you can see every online and in-store vendor and location that carries Arnold Palmer Spiked Half & Half.
This Italian iced tea from Bully Boy Distillers is an absolute must-try. It’s made with a blend of Bully Boy Amaro, citrus, and black tea, which gives it a unique flavor unlike any other boozy iced tea we’ve tried.
Out of all the tea cocktails on this list, it’s also one of the booziest. Thanks to the added Amaro, this iced tea is about as strong as an IPA at 7% ABV.
If you want to make this into a nice afternoon cocktail, mix it with some seltzer, a sprig of mint, and a slice of lemon. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, use it as the base for an Amaro or apéritif-based cocktail.
Bully Boy Italian Iced Tea is available online and at most liquor stores in Massachusetts, the distiller’s home state. However, it will be hard to find it on the west coast. The best way to find out whether or not you can order this seltzer to your zip code is to try to order it on their website.
This summertime boozy tea is a collaboration between Narragansett Beer Co. and Del’s Lemonade, two Rhode Island staples. The tea is brewed with a Narragansett lager and then blended with Del’s delicious lemon concentrate.
It’s a slightly carbonated, malt-based tea cocktail that is available in one classic flavor: iced tea and lemonade. It is this perfect amount of fizz adds bubbles and balances the sweetness, making it refreshingly different from ordinary hard teas.
It is not for sale on the Narragansett website, nor is it available on the Del’s Lemonade site. But you can order it online through Half Time Beverage and Total Wine or via delivery with Drizly. All you have to do is verify that they can ship to your zip code.
Much like Owl’s Brew, Two Chicks makes canned cocktails in trendy cans with uncanny flavors like Cranberry Tartini and Sparkling Apple Gimlet.
But the company’s Vodka Cutea is a standout cocktail from their incredible beverage portfolio. In this vodka-based refreshment, sweet peach is enhanced with a light cucumber tea infusion and a delicate hint of thyme.
Sound like the perfect summer sipper? We know.
It’s also critically acclaimed, receiving awards from USA Today and the Beverage Testing Institute.
On their website they have a store locator that will tell you whether or not you can find them locally–they are available in most major cities. If they aren’t available nearby, you can order them from Bevmo! or Total Wine’s website.
The Pequot Inn in Fishers Island, New York serves the Fishers Island Lemonade as its signature drink. But since its creation, the brand began to package and commercialize them. The company’s boozy tea is among a few new canned cocktails including Pink Flamingo, Fizz, and traditional spiked lemonade.
These gluten-free tea and lemonade cocktails from Fishers Island are spiked with the Fishers Island special half-and-half mix of barrel-aged whiskey and corn-based vodka that gives it a remarkable flavor and a powerful punch.
If you want to get your hands on some of these delicious cocktails, the best place to get them is on the east coast. But if you’re elsewhere in the country, you can order them on the Fishers Island website or through Total Wine.
Another clean, trendy, and creative canned cocktail that represents Millennials and Gen Zers perfectly, Loverboy makes hard teas and cocktails that are to die for.
Among the brand’s four flavor offerings–White Tea Peach, Strawberry Lemonade Green Tea, Lemon Iced Tea, and Hibiscus Lime–the clear standout was the peach-flavored masterpiece.
And at 90 calories and zero grams of sugar per can, it’s a guilt-free summer cocktail that won’t ruin your summer bod!
For an added twist, we recommend mixing it in a gin or Aperol-based cocktail.
Noveltea is a British company that makes alcoholic tea infusions. And we’re not talking about adding a shot of vodka to your Earl Grey–these are real, delicious cocktails made with cold-brewed tea as the base.
The company’s two offerings are The Tale of Earl Grey, an Earl Grey-infused gin, and The Tale of Tangier, a Moroccan mint green tea-infused rum.
If you want to try these rare, yet delightful boozy teas, the best place to find them is in the United Kingdom. But if you’re in the States, you can order them from a few select retailers at a major upcharge.
There you have it, eight of the best boozy tea brands to enjoy this summer. So whether you’re looking for a hard tea, spiked iced-tea-lemonade, or something a little more unique, there is definitely a drink on this list for you.
Do you have a favorite boozy tea? Let us know in the comments below!