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Hot Tea Recipes With Alcohol

Updated on January 27, 2013

Really? Hot Tea With Alcohol

There are many reasons we love hot cocktails. They're comforting, soothing and pack ample amount of well-hidden alcohol. With just a few sips, we're warmed both inside and out.

When we think of hot cocktails, coffee and whiskey are the typical fare, but in this lens take an open-minded look at hot tea with alcohol flavorings.

Here are four basic recipes to get you started and be sure to read about how to brew hot tea in the first section of this lens.

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How To Drink Hot Tea
How To Drink Hot Tea

How To Drink Hot Tea

Yep there are rules even for this

Here are a few before you get into the recipes below.

If you are careful, drinking hot tea will provide you more flavor and less numbness. There are some rules for brewing a cup of hot tea.

You are actually not supposed to boil the water because it scalds the tea and the flavor won't be what it's supposed to be. The water should be almost boiling for the best flavor.

Pour the water over the tea directly into the cup. Not the other way around - don't throw the tea to a cup already filled with hot water.

Always cover the cup with something (e.g. a small plate) for the entire time of steeping.

When steeping is done remove the leaves immediately.

Now use these basics to prepare these great hot tea recipes with alcohol.

By Kristina Walter (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Hot Tea Grog
Hot Tea Grog

Hot Tea Grog

This is one of the most common recipes using hot tea and alcohol together. It's a spicy tea drink with cloves, rum and cognac. The brewed clove flavor and dark rum gives an exotic-tasting cocktail that's unique from an ordinary hot cocktail.


1 oz cognac

1 oz dark rum

1 cup brewed tea (as described above)

Several cloves

1/2 tsp honey

Pinch of nutmeg


Heat tea and other ingredients together in a saucepan. Serve hot with a cinnamon stick.

By hendrike (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons


Hot Fruity Toddy

This sweet and warm drink only takes 15 minutes to prepare enough to share with you and someone else. It will be worth the time you take to prepare it and impress the one your with.


1-1/2 cups nearly boiling water

1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

2 Tbsp. almond liqueur

1 Tbsp. orange liqueur (cointreau, grand mariner, or similar)

2 Lipton® White Tea with Blueberry & Pomegranate Flavor Pyramid Tea Bags


Pour hot water over Lipton® White Tea with Blueberry & Pomegranate Flavor Pyramid Tea Bags; cover and brew 5 minutes. Remove Tea Bags. Stir in remaining ingredients. Serve hot.

By johannrela (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Rum Barrel Clock
Rum Barrel Clock


This is one is so simple to prepare and packs a traditional punch.


1 1/2 oz. rum

Ground Ginger to taste

Prepare a cup of your favorite hot tea (green, oolong, chamomile)

Mixing instructions:

Add Rum to hot tea. Add ginger to taste.Stir and Enjoy.

Darrin Antrobus [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons



This recipe makes enough for your winter party to keep everyone warm. 14 cups of this hot fruity punch will surely be the talk of the evening. I'll bet none of you other friends served this at their party


4 oz. curaçao

2 cups strong hot black tea (again brewed as instructed above)

1/2 cup lemon juice

1 750-ml. bottle dark rum

1 cup orange juice

brown sugar, maple syrup, or honey to taste (any of these provide the right sweetness)

Mixing instructions:

In a saucepan add hot tea, fruit juices, sugar, syrup, or honey, and mix well until all sweeteners are dissolved. Add curaçao and rum. Heat contents but do not allow them to boil. Stir well and serve in mugs.

By FASTILY (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

More Recipe Resources

I hope that these starter recipes inspire you to step out of the normal and try hot tea with alcohol. Since January is National Hot Tea month it is a perfect time to try one of these recipes or browse cocktail book recipes and tea recipes to discover more.

Do you like Hot Tea Cocktails? - Or have your own recipe?

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      thegrayrabbit 5 years ago

      @seegreen: It warms you up just saying the name doesn't it? I really appreciate the blessing, like and comment on this lens. Success to you.

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      thegrayrabbit 5 years ago

      @flycatcherrr: Probably the easiest one as well. Thank you for the comment and squidlike I certainly appreciate your gestures.

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      thegrayrabbit 5 years ago

      @wordpress-guru: They are yummy, thanks for the comment and stopping by to visit.

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      seegreen 5 years ago

      I'm a tea lover and the hot tea grog is something I would love to try.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      This is an entirely new concept to me, but you've certainly caught my attention! The ginger rum tea sounds like the first one to try...

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      wordpress-guru 5 years ago

      mmm yummy

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      thegrayrabbit 5 years ago

      @FunMoneyBusiness: That's what I'm talking about. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Sharyn Read 5 years ago from ... either in the kitchen or at my laptop...

      WOW! This gives the ole taste buds a stir up! Sounds fantastic!

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      thegrayrabbit 5 years ago

      @Gypzeerose: Great let me know how they turn out for you. There's thousands of possibilities here.

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      thegrayrabbit 5 years ago

      @athomemomblog: Just a little something to warm you up is all you need. Thanks for the blessing

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I am definitely on this - hot tea cocktails sound like they cover all kinds of great tastes. Pinned to my tea board.

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      Genesis Davies 5 years ago from Guatemala

      I've never considered making a tea cocktail . . . but it sounds interesting. I may have to try one of these next time I have alcohol in the house!

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      thegrayrabbit 5 years ago

      they really are, thanks for visiting.

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      kabbalah lm 5 years ago

      They sound delicious

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      thegrayrabbit 5 years ago

      @dom-wells: Cold Friday nights are the best time to try them. Thanks again for your comment

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      thegrayrabbit 5 years ago

      @Thamisgith: Try them all, thanks for the comment

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      thegrayrabbit 5 years ago

      @justramblin: Thank you for the comment, since I've been covering my tea cup when I found this out has made it taste better ever since.

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      justramblin 5 years ago

      I love tea and never thought to spike it up a bit. What a great winter beverage. Thanks for the tip about keeping a lid on the tea cup while steeping. I've been doing it all wrong.

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      Thamisgith 5 years ago

      Some interesting suggestions, which I might have to try later.

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      dom-wells 5 years ago

      Gonna have to try this. The concept hadn't even entered my thoughts before seeing this lens, thanks!

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      thegrayrabbit 5 years ago

      @JohnTannahill: Thank you for visiting and the comment. I would have to differ to your British genes and Mr. Orwell for the proper method of brewing tea I only know what has worked for me. Thanks once again.

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      This is a revelation. I'm British and I thought I knew everything there is to know about tea. How wrong I was. I'm not sure I agree with the tea making process outlined above. My bible on this is 'A Nice Cup of Tea' by George Orwell. Yes, he who wrote '1984' and 'Animal Farm.' Interesting lens.

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      thegrayrabbit 5 years ago

      thank you both

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Cheers! Like these ideas!

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      Nice idea!


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