This raspberry sweet tea cocktail combines raspberry honey simple syrup, honey liqueur, and bourbon with iced tea to make the perfect mixed summer drink!
My sister and I used to watch a lot of TV together. We would do a little margherita pizza eating and Netflix binge watching once a week. Boy, do we love our Kimmy Schmidt. We watched the entire first season in a couple of days and felt an inescapable void afterwards.
You know what I’m talking about. The void that comes when you have to wait another year for more episodes of a show. I guess that’s what we get for binge watching the entire season in a coupon of days. Luckily, there is a ton of mindless TV for us to watch instead, if we so choose.
But seriously, it felt nice to veg out and shut my brain off for a little while – I must schedule more downtime!
We had brewed some iced tea to go along with our pizza snacks and there was still a lot leftover this weekend. Is there a better way to use up leftover iced tea than making a cocktail? I don’t thinks so.
Raspberry Sweet Tea Cocktail
This cocktail is a combination of iced tea, raspberry honey simple syrup, and booze.
Not just any booze though – I used Bärenjäger, a German honey liqueur, and bourbon. Bärenjäger did not pay me or provide me with any samples; nope, I just like it so I thought I would mention it by name instead of just saying “honey liqueur.”
Raspberry honey simple syrup is very easy to make. We always have raspberries in our refrigerator since we use them as treats for Nero so I just added a pint to my simmering water/honey mixture. After straining the mixture into a bowl to remove the raspberry seeds, I let the simple syrup cool on the window sill before crafting my cocktails.
This sweet tea cocktail could easily be multiplied and would be great for outdoor barbecues – just change the measurements from ounces to cups. Also, either chill the mixture first or serve it without the ice so that it isn’t diluted by melting ice cubes.
- 1 ounce raspberry honey simple syrup
- 1 1/2 ounce honey liqueur
- 1/2 ounce bourbon
- 1 cup iced tea
- additional raspberries for garnish
Raspberry Honey Simple Syrup
- 3/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1 1/2 cup raspberries
- Combine ice, simple syrup, honey liqueur and bourbon in a cocktail shaker. Shake until chilled and strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with iced tea. Garnish with raspberries.
To prepare simple syrup
- In a small pot, combine the water, honey and raspberries and simmer over medium heat. When the mixture starts to boil, reduce heat to low. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes, then remove from heat. Strain into a glass bowl and cool before using.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 530
If you’re looking for some more raspberry and bourbon, try my bourbon and honey cocktail!