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Apple Mint Iced Tea Cocktail

This apple mint iced tea cocktail is delicious, refreshing, and perfect for spring and summer! Make one today to celebrate warmer weather.

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There’s nothing better on a hot humid day than a nice, cold glass of iced tea! I know you know what I’m talking about.

May and June usually bring the heat in addition to the start of summer. Good thing the entire month of June is National Iced Tea Month. Whoever schedules the food holidays got this one right – I can’t think of a better time for iced tea than June.

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apple mint iced tea cocktail preparation

What is Branca Menta?

I shared a drink with Fernet Branca previously – the Orange Italian Mule. Branca Menta is similar to Fernet Branca but it has a peppermint and menthol in addition to the Fernet Branca herbal blend.

The mint flavor is strong which is why I use it in combination with another liquor in a cocktail. It is also good served on ice as an digestif.

bottle of branca menta with two apple mint iced tea cocktails

Homemade Apple Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

This apple mint iced tea cocktail gets it’s sweetness from homemade apple and brown sugar simple syrup.

Simple syrup is so easy to make that I can never understand why people buy it at the store. It also tastes so much better when you make it from scratch.

I make simple syrups all of the time. We keep mason jars and labels near the kitchen so that I can quickly label the jars of leftover syrups.

bottle of branca menta, one apple iced tea mint cocktail and pitcher of iced tea
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Apple brown sugar simple syrup has a caramel-taste to it and pairs very well with the minty flavor of Branca Menta. When making it, try not to let your syrup boil.

If it does that caramel taste will increase and it will also make the syrup a darker and richer brown color – not a bad thing; just something to note.

Apple Mint Iced Tea Cocktail

I tried several different Branca Menta / vodka combos and ended up liking the half/half ratio the best. If you are mint fanatic, you could definitely use all Branca Menta, but I found that to be overwhelming.

Garnish your cocktail with some apple chunks (kind of like sangria!) and a mint sprig. This mint cocktail is delicious, refreshing and perfect for the spring and summer seasons!

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Apple Mint Iced Tea Cocktail |

Apple Mint Iced Tea Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This apple mint iced tea cocktail is delicious, refreshing and perfect for spring and summer! Make one today to celebrate warmer weather.


Apple Mint Iced Tea Cocktail

  • ½ ounce Branca Menta
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1-2 tablespoons apple brown sugar syrup
  • iced tea


  • fresh apple chunks
  • fresh mint sprigs

Apple Brown Sugar Syrup

  • 2 cups apple peels
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups water


  1. In a shaker, combine Branca Menta, vodka and apple brown sugar syrup with ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into glass over ice. Top with iced tea and garnish with fresh apple chunks and mint sprigs.
  2. To make apple brown sugar syrup:
  3. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Turn heat to medium and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 40 minutes, or until the syrup has thickened. Strain into a glass jar to cool. Discard apple peels.

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Saturday 16th of June 2018

This sounds so refreshing! I can’t wait to give it a try!


Friday 1st of April 2016

Your blog is gorgeous!


Friday 1st of April 2016

Thank you Deb!


Saturday 4th of July 2015

Wow ,that looks so refreshing and so appetizing, love the colors too,I will try it over the weekend. thank you for sharing

Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet

Friday 3rd of July 2015

This looks amazing! I have always loved the apple & mint combination. Beautiful pictures too! Stopping by from Snickerdoodle Sunday!

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Jenny B

Sunday 5th of July 2015

Thank you Alexis!

Theresa @DearCreatives

Tuesday 30th of June 2015

Looks yummy. I don't usually drink cocktails but, as a tea lover I bet this is one I'd enjoy. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party! Hope to see you again soon. Pinned, tweeted...

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