9 Iced Coffee and Iced Tea Upgrades

There’s more to customizing iced coffee and tea drinks than milk and sugar. Sometimes just the thing to perk up a pick-me-up is booze. Here are 7 eye-opening coolers that will leave you feel buzzed and, well—buzzed. Keep our Easy Cold-Brewed Coffee recipe close by for easy reference, then have fun.

1. Boozy Biscotti Iced Coffee


Simply steep some coffee grounds in cold water the night before, then strain. Next morning, spike the cold brew with some amaretto and Pernod, and you’ve got a slightly buzzy, biscotti-flavored iced coffee that inspires cheer. Get our Boozy Biscotti Iced Coffee recipe.

2. Homemade Coffee Liqueur


This homemade liqueur has a balance of smooth coffee flavor, sweetness, and booziness. Start by making a batch of cold-brewed coffee, then stir in a brown-sugar simple syrup, aged rum, and half of a vanilla bean and let it infuse for 2 weeks. Get our Homemade Coffee Liqueur recipe.

3. Vietnamese Coffee Ice Pops


Like classic Vietnamese iced coffee, this frozen pop contains strong brewed coffee and sweetened condensed milk. It’s a caffeinated treat that’s not recommended for the kiddies! Get our Vietnamese Coffee Ice Pops recipe.

4. Asian Iced Tea


You can serve this drink as a summer refresher over ice in a tall glass. But we think it’s strong enough to use as a party punch and serve in 2-ounce portions over ice. Get our Asian Iced Tea recipe.

5. Tea and Whiskey Highball


Choose a rich, smoky style of whiskey for these highballs, such as an Islay malt from Scotland like Laphroaig, or a robust single-cask Kentucky bourbon like Blanton’s. For the tea he uses a Lapsang Souchong for a deep, smoky flavor, but you can substitute any other black tea. Get our Tea and Whiskey Highball recipe.

6. Grand Marnier Tea Cooler


This blend of Grand Marnier and iced tea that makes a perfect summer-afternoon cooler. Get our Grand Marnier Tea Cooler recipe.

7. Almost Arnie


Golfer Arnold Palmer drank a blend of iced tea and lemonade, a drink that became known, aptly, as the Arnold Palmer. Substitutes citrus-flavored rum and limoncello for the lemonade. Get our Almost Arnie recipe.

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