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June Is National Iced Tea Month: Try These Iced Tea Cocktails From Tsukuro

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Tea is the ultimate comfort drink.

When you're sick, it can soothe the throat and jump-start the immune system.

In the dead of winter, it's sure to warm you up from the inside and conjure images of balmy days.

When it's hotter than a billy goat's ass in a pepper patch, a glass of iced tea will cool you down and distract your mind from the blistering heat.

But like all consumable beverages, even tea is better with a bit of booze.

In honor of National Iced Tea Month (June), we've asked Tsukuro for some alcohol-infused recipes from its tea cocktail menu.

See Also: June Is National Iced Tea Month: Booze It Up With These Pinterest Tea Cocktail Recipes

Earl of Paradise Punch

Three parts Malibu Rum

Two parts apple juice

Four parts chilled earl grey tea

One part fresh lime juice

Half part simple syrup

Fresh raspberries

Step One: Muddle the raspberries with simple syrup and then add the rest of the ingredients.

Step Two: Chill by stirring on ice and garnish with mint and citrus wheels

Basil Mo-Tea-To

Quarter cup of lime juice

One fresh basil leaves

One teaspoon cup sugar

Four ounces green tea

Two ounces light rum

Splash of seltzer

Step One: Muddle lime juice, basil, and sugar in shaker.

Step Two: Add green Ttea and rum. Shake.

Step Three: Pour over ice in a highball glass filled with ice and top with a splash of seltzer.

Step Four: Garnish, if desired, with additional basil leaves.

Asian Iced Tea

Three parts green tea

One part sake (filtered, such as Gekkeikan)

One part light rum

One part ginger syrup

Ice

Orange zest (grated, for garnish)

Crystallized ginger (for garnish)

Step One: Combine iced tea, sake, rum, and syrup in a large pitcher with ice.

Step Two: Taste and add more syrup, if desired.

Pour into iced tea glasses over ice and sprinkle orange zest on top. Float a piece of crystallized ginger on top and serve.

Royal-Tea

Two parts Beefeater Gin

Two parts brewed and chilled Earl Gray Tea

Squeeze of lemon juice

Spoonful of sugar

Lime wheels for garnish

Step One: Pour the ingredients into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.

Step Two: Stir well and garnish with lime wheels.

Follow Sara Ventiera on Twitter, @saraventiera.



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