This Iced Tea and Rum Cocktail has just three ingredients and is so refreshing!
My hubby drinks as much iced tea as he does wine. Probably more, in fact.
So this Iced Tea and Rum Cocktail recipe is a joint effort as we plan our Labor Day menu. There was no way he was going to let me do this without him!
Besides, I'm a certified lightweight, so if I'm playing around with a drinks recipe, I'd better have backup.
Before I tell you more about our refreshing cocktail, I have to fill you in on the back story. Despite all of my pantry purging over the past three years, my hubby was still getting his iced tea from a can of powdered mix.
I guess I didn't want to go there, if you know what I mean.
Then, we heard about bottles of slow-brewed iced tea, which are available in stores.
My first reaction was, "Wait, you can buy slow-brewed, real iced tea, already made?"
I had no idea.
This was definitely better than what we'd been stocking in our pantry.
Back to our Iced Tea and Rum Cocktail.
Originally, I wanted to do a Long Island iced tea recipe, since that was my favorite drink in my '20s. But get this — there is no iced tea in Long Island Iced Tea.
Besides, we wanted something refreshing, tasty and simple. Long Island Iced Tea contains five types of alcohol.
Again, who knew? It's not very practical.
So, we went with three ingredients — iced tea, rum and lemon juice, and it hits the spot. I've had this cocktail two days in a row already, sipping it over the course of an hour.
I even tried one with a couple sprinkles of cinnamon stirred in, and really enjoyed that warm, spicy, Fall twist.
My hubby was appalled.
Don't worry, Honey. On Labor Day, we'll stick to our original recipe and savor the last holiday of summer with family and friends.
P.S. Don't miss this refreshing Lemonade Moonshine and how to make apple pie moonshine!
(Recipe Source: Cooking with Mamma C)
Iced Tea and Rum Cocktail
- 12 ounces slow-brewed sweet iced tea
- 3 ounces white rum
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ice as needed
- lemon slices for garnish (optional)
- Place the iced tea in a liquid measuring cup. Add in the rum.
- Squeeze in the lemon juice and stir.
- To serve, pour into two cocktail glasses (with ice, if needed) and garnish with lemon slices.
Thankx I always wondered is it a good drink wo sugar if trying to diet?
Hi Marlo - I haven't tried it with unsweetened tea, but you could make it that way and then add a sugar substitute such as Stevia, if needed.
How refreshing, but simple! I'm a big iced tea drinker (southerner here), but never think of making it into a cocktail. Great idea!
Hi Pam - This is one of my most popular recipes every year! I hope you try it!
Very common drink here along the gulf-coast of Florida. When made with unsweetened ice tea it is called a "Davey Jones", when 1/2 & 1/2 or sweet tea is used, they call it "a Smiling Davey Jones".
I've got to get to the Gulf Coast of Florida. I've never heard of a Smiling Davey Jones, but I love it! Smiling's my favorite! Thanks, Steve.
Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser
Happy Labor Day!!!
You too, Cheryl! Enjoy.
Yum, I could use some cocktail tonight! And it's been way too long since I had some rum too. And wait, what? No iced tea in Long Island Ice Tea?? That doesn't make sense. Haha
Haha! I'm still stunned about the Long Island iced tea! But rum works really well with iced tea and lemon juice, so I'm content with these cocktails. Thanks, Shinee!
Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
It looks amazing. Now do they have green tea? Green tea is also supposed to be good for our health so you could have the health benefit plus the nice adult part!! I'll definitely give this tea a try.
Tradewinds makes a Green Tea with Honey, but that flavor isn't available at my local grocery store. You might be able to find it near you, though. Thanks, Marisa!
jacquee | i sugar coat it!
Yes, please to adult iced tea!! We are sweltering over here!
It's perfect for a hot day! I just need to be in a pool somewhere drinking it. 🙂
Debi at Life Currents
This sounds refreshing and lovely. It's so hot today - I'd love one of these!
Oh, yes, this will cool you down. I'll pour you one, Debi!
Jen | Baked by an Introvert
What a refreshing cocktail! There's nothing like an adult beverage to end the day!
And sometimes, to get us through the day...Thanks, Jen!