Skinny Recipe: Iced Tea Cocktails

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The World Cup is in full swing and I can’t wait to see what happens between USA and Germany later today! I (and the rest of my office) will most certainly be watching the game and rooting for Team USA. Whether you’re an avid soccer fan or just riding your country’s patriotic wave of excitement, the iced tea recipe below is a perfect base for a cocktail fit for the World Cup.

sweet iced tea in a mason jar
Photo courtesy Flickr user Nseika

Tea holds an important place in just about every region around the world with each local culture developing their own way to enjoy a cuppa. Below is a basic recipe for sweet tea and some ideas for a unique twist- non alcoholic and cocktail options included!

Watch the United States vs. Germany game with me:



5 cups water, divided
2 family-size tea bags* (black or green tea works for most people)
1 cup SPLENDA, granular


Bring 3 cups water to a boil. Pour over tea bags; cover and steep 10 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags, squeezing gently. Stir sweetener into tea. Add 2 cups water; serve over crushed ice. Add flavor and garnish combinations below as desired.

* Substitute three or four regular-size tea bags or 1 tablespoon loose tea for 1 family-size tea bag.

Optional Flavor and Garnish combinations:

  • Classic Arnold Palmer– 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice with mint sprigs and lemon slices. Want a Tipsy Palmer? Add 1.5 ounces of a  of spiced rum for a Captain Palmer cocktail.
  • Fruity Iced Tea–  Bring 12 ounces frozen fruit (blueberries, raspberries, mango, etc.) and 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat; cook 5 minutes. Carefully pour hot mixture into a blender and puree. Strain juice. Drizzle into a glass of sweet tea, adjusting for taste. Add 1-2 ounces of similarly flavored vodka if you’d like a cocktail.
  • Ginger Honey Tea– Add 1 tablespoon ginger and 1/2 cup honey (instead of sweetener) to tea after you’re done steeping the bags. Add 1.5 ounces of whiskey or bourbon to each servings for an adults-only cocktail. Adjust sweetness with a no-calorie sweetener if you like.
  • Herb Sweet Tea– Leave out the sweetener above and add 2-3 tablespoons of a herb simple syrup, like rosemary or basil, to each glass for a refreshing, earthy inced tea variation.
  • Thai Iced Tea– use Assam tea instead of green or black tea and add a little evaporated milk to create a creamy, low calorie version of your favorite Thai iced tea.

Nutrition Information

Calories 15
Total Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 4g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 8:58 am


  1. June 26, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Don’t forget the option to substitute an herbal tea bag, like mint or lemon zest, for one of the regular sized ones to get a nice flavored tea.

  2. Katie C. Says:
    June 26, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Great suggestions Robyn! Thanks for sharing!

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