This iced tea cocktail is most certainly NOT your Long Island iced tea.

It’s a grown-up, sophisticated, and elegant tea cocktail.

And it’s remarkably simple, customizable, and refreshing.

Did I mention it also is a perfect big-batch cocktail?

What’s not to like?

Simple to Make−Royal Tea Cocktail

Get the recipe from: The Spruce Eats

Gin + Tea.

Two very British drinks come together in a surprisingly refreshing and extremely Simple to Make cocktail.

It’s perfect for a summer afternoon. It’s equally as ideal around the holidays or the in dead of winter when you want to sip something light to offset heavier foods.

So, go ahead and channel your inner Downton Abbey self and give this cocktail a try.

Royal Tea ingredients

Four things to know about the Royal Tea Cocktail recipe:

  • You need to brew and chill the tea in advance. While not a difficult task, the tea does need to be chilled before you make this drink.
  • This cocktail is perfect if you need a big batch drink. Brew a large pitcher or two of tea and keep it chilled in the fridge. Then it’s simple to quickly make additional drinks for your guests.
  • Allow your guests to add their preferred amount of lemon and/or sugar. While I do think this cocktail needs lemon, keep in mind that people may or may not like a lot of lemon or sugar in their tea, so set up a station where they can customize their drink.
  • Play with your tea selection. Swap out the Earl Grey tea for an herbal tea or another black tea. Herbal tea options include chamomile, peppermint, ginger, hibiscus, rooibos, lemon, echinacea, rosehip, and passionflower. Black tea options include Darjeeling, Ceyon, Lapsang Suchong, Chai, and English or Irish Breakfast.
Royal Tea Cocktail