We’re just a few days behind Derby Day but since no one really needs a reason to enjoy delicious cocktails, we had to share these delicious Lipton Iced Tea Mint Julep cocktail recipes. You’re already familiar with the famed tea brand and their delicious variety of hot and iced teas, which includes: black, green, herbal, fruit, matcha, and benefit teas. This year, Lipton Iced Tea partnered with Eron Plevan, head mixologist at Louisville-based Gold Bar to combine these two popular beverages in brand-new Mint Julep cocktail mashups to spice up your celebration.
Naturally, we miss the days of heading to the racetrack but because of Covid-19, we had to celebrate at home. While we wish we could have shown off our new fascinator, we didn’t mind enjoying some classic American drinks, Iced Tea and Mint Juleps, at home. Although Race Day has come and gone, these delicious libations will satisfy you all summer long. Each cocktail is made with one of a different flavor of Lipton’s bottled iced teas. They include Lipton Herbal Iced Tea Strawberry + Mint, Lipton Green Tea Watermelon, and Lipton Herbal Orange Blossom Iced Tea. On their own, three delicious flavors are perfect for unwinding, especially after a hot summer day. Let’s dive right into these cocktails, shall we?
Lipton Strawberry Mint Julep
1 cup of White Sugar
Lipton Herbal Iced Tea Strawberry + Mint
3 strawberries slices
6 mint leaves
In a julep tin add 1oz of Strawberry & Mint Lipton syrup and muddle 3 strawberry slices and 6-8 large mint leaves for 15-20 seconds. Add bourbon, then add crushed ice. Garnish with a mint bouquet and a strawberry rose.
To make tea syrup: combine 1 cup of white sugar and 1 cup of Lipton Herbal Iced Tea Strawberry + Mint. Stir until fully dissolved. Works best if tea is room temperature and not chilled.
Lipton Green Tea Watermelon Lily
.75oz Watermelon Vodka
.75oz orange-flavored Triple Sec
.75oz Cranberry Juice
.75oz fresh lemon juice
.5oz simple syrup
Lipton Green Tea Watermelon
Shake all ingredients in a shaker tin and strain over iced cubes made from Lipton Green Tea Watermelon Iced Tea (see below instructions). Serve in a stemless wine glass, garnish with the mint bouquet, and a skewer of watermelon cubes.
To make Lipton Iced Tea cubes: Pour the tea into an ice tray of your choice—square cubes recommended. Freeze overnight. Be sure the freezer is free of food or freezer odors that might affect the aroma and flavor of cubes.
Lipton Orange Blossom Julep
Lipton Herbal Orange Blossom Iced Tea
2 orange slices
6 mint leaves
In a julep tin add 1oz of Orange Blossom Lipton Iced Tea honey syrup (see instructions) and muddle two orange slices and 6-8 mint leaves for 15-20 seconds. Add bourbon, then add crushed ice. Garnish with a mint bouquet, a skewered cherry, and an orange rose if applicable.
To make tea honey syrup: combine equal parts honey and Orange Blossom Iced Tea. Stir until combined and smooth.
Understandably, as tea lovers, we love everything about these cocktails but we know that any specialty cocktail lover will love these as much as we do. We’d love to hear your thoughts on these cocktail recipes. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.