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Lacey's Hard Sweet Tea recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chefDid you know they don’t sell hard alcohol on Sundays in Texas?

Me neither.

Did you know they don’t sell hard alcohol — at all — in supermarkets in Texas?

That last fact would have been *super* helpful last week and would have kept me from:

(1) walking around the Beer and Wine section of the grocery store for a good 15 minutes with a look of bewilderment AND

(2) looking like a completely clueless and alcoholic tourist when I went up to a store employee and innocently asked where all the hard liquor was.

Fortunately, the nice lady at the store sweetly asked, “You’re not from Texas, are you?”

Nope. Now I know.

After walking to the nearest liquor store slightly shamed, I had some Sweet Tea Vodka in my hot little hands. That’s right, baby: Sweet Tea Vodka!

Lacey's Hard Sweet Tea recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

So, I thought: What better way to enjoy sweet tea flavored vodka than in a Hard Sweet Tea, right? Right!

After brewing some black tea and making a simple syrup, I decided to try the Deep Eddy Vodka over ice to see what it was all about. Let me share a little lesson I then learned…

Sweet tea flavored vodka is still … vodka! Needless to say, I took too large a swig (you know me and my sweet tea) and found myself at the sink. Oops. (And, yes, I am well aware I am a complete softie.)

Lacey's Hard Sweet Tea recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

This Hard Sweet Tea is the perfect combination of ice cold sweet tea, vodka, fresh lemon and mint. It’s incredibly refreshing and delicious.

I like to make enough simple syrup and iced tea ahead of time so I can easily make this tasty cocktail on a whim.

So, kick up your feet, take a deep breath and enjoy a Lacey’s “Hard” Sweet Tea as this hot summer comes to a close.

If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think by leaving a comment and rating it. And don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #asweetpeachef on Instagram! I LOVE seeing what you come up with. Enjoy!

Lacey's "Hard" Sweet Tea

Lacey's Hard Sweet Tea recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chefThis Hard Sweet Tea is the perfect combination of ice cold sweet tea, vodka, fresh lemon and mint. It's incredibly refreshing and delicious.

Author: Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef

Recipe type: Easy

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Sweet Tea Vodka (produced by Firefly, Seagram, Jeremiah Weed, Burnett's, Sweet Carolina, Depp Eddy, etc.)
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus extra for splash
  • 4 oz. freshly brewed black tea, cold
  • 2-3 fresh mint leaves, whole, plus more for garnish
  • ice (for shaking and for serving)
  • sliced lemon, for garnish

Instructions

  1. To make a simple syrup, combine 1 cup granulated sugar with 1 cup water (or just equal parts, if making more or less) in a medium sauce pan. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until it begins to boil and sugar is completely dissolved. Allow to cool.
  2. In a Cocktail Shaker, add ice, followed by Sweet Tea Vodka, simple syrup, lemon juice and black tea. Top with fresh mint leaves. Close shaker and shake vigorously for about 1 minute, or until condensation starts to appear on the shaker.
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