Sweet Tea Vodka Lemonade: The Hottest Summer Drink Trend

This sweet tea vodka lemonade is the perfect summer cocktail. It’s basically a spiked Arnold Palmer, featuring sweet tea vodka balanced by tart, refreshing lemonade. Enjoy it by the glass or by the pitcher with friends. It’s the ultimate backyard barbecue cocktail!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This sweet tea vodka lemonade is so easy to make – in fact there are only 2 required ingredients!

Of course, you can add garnishes and modify the mix a bit depending on your preferences and how strong you like your drinks to taste.

looking down at two glasses of sweet tea vodka lemonade with lemon slices

It’s just the perfect cocktail to sip and relax on a warm summer evening, but I also love making a pitcher for camping, game day, or the tailgate!

What You’ll Need: Ingredients

ingredients to make sweet tea vodka lemonade

For a Single Serving:

  • 2 Ounces sweet tea vodka (such as Firefly, Deep Eddy, Seagram’s, or Sweet Carolina)
  • 3 Ounces lemonade 
  • Ice cubes

For a Pitcher (Serves 5-6):

  • 3 Cups lemonade
  • 2 Cups sweet tea vodka
  • 1 Cup sweet tea
  • Ice cubes

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Any type of lemonade is fine. You can use premade store bought (like Simply Lemonade), make homemade, or use a powdered mix. Plain lemonade is traditional, but feel free to substitute peach, raspberry, or strawberry lemonade as well!
  • I’m using Sweet Carolina sweet tea vodka because that’s what my local liquor store carries. However, other popular brands include Firefly, Seagram’s, and Deep Eddy
  • For a weaker single serving drink, use 1 ounce of sweet tea (non-alcoholic) and just 1 ounce of the sweet tea vodka instead. For a weaker pitcher, reduce the vodka to 1 cup and keep the rest the same
  • Sweet tea vodka lemonade proportions are normally 2:3 vodka to lemonade. However, when making a pitcher I find you need the extra sweet tea to balance it correctly
  • Feel free to garnish with lemon slices or mint

How to Make Sweet Tea Vodka Lemonade

  1. Add lemonade and sweet tea vodka to a glass or pitcher and stir to combine
mix ingredients into a larger pitcher
  1. Fill glass or pitcher with ice
  2. Serve chilled, with a sprig of mint or slice of lemon to garnish
overhead view of two glasses filled with sweet tea vodka lemonade plus lemons and straws

What to Serve With Sweet Tea Vodka Lemonade

  • Deviled eggs
  • Pretzels
  • Chips and salsa
  • Fried chicken
  • Sandwiches
  • Steaks
  • Burgers
  • Hot dogs
  • Bratwurst
  • Pizza
  • Pasta salad
  • Potato salad
  • Cucumber salad
  • Fruit salad
  • Scones
  • Tea cakes

There are many great appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts that pair well with sweet tea vodka lemonades. In fact, if you find it at a summer cookout, it’s probably going to taste great with your spiked Arnold Palmers.

Try my sweet tea vodka lemonade recipe with my easy Air Fryer Brisket Sandwich, soft Air Fryer Southern Tea Cakes, juicy Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Brats, sweet Air Fryer Blueberry Scones, creamy Air Fryer Potato Salad, or some zesty Vinegar Cucumber Onion Salad.

Recipe FAQs

What is a Sweet Tea and Vodka Drink Called?

A sweet tea and vodka drink which includes lemonade is called a John Daly, or may also be referred to as a spiked Arnold Palmer, which is traditionally non alcoholic. In both cases, they are named after golfers.

There is no name currently for a cocktail that’s just tea with vodka added to it.

What Does Sweet Tea Vodka Taste Like?

Sweet tea vodka tastes like sweet tea at the onset, and then the sweetness fades to more of a bitterness and the bite of traditional vodka.

Pairing with lemonade helps to hide the bitterness with acidity for a smoother taste.

Do You Have to Refrigerate Sweet Tea Vodka?

No, you do not have to refrigerate sweet tea vodka.

However, it is considered best enjoyed when chilled. Whether you choose to refrigerate your bottle or serve over ice is up to you.

What Can You Mix With Sweet Tea Vodka?

Sweet tea vodka goes well mixed with lemonade, limeade, club soda, cranberry juice, strawberry puree, and other fruit juices.

Garnishes of lemon, lime, and mint are the most popular combinations.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • You can also add your sweet tea vodka lemonade and ice to a blender and pulse to create a daiquiri-like consistency with crushed ice
two glasses of ice cold sweet tea vodka lemonade next to a half full pitcher

Storage Tips

  • You can store sweet tea vodka lemonade in a pitcher in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Just pour over ice when you’re ready to serve
  • If you add fruit to your drink (such as sliced lemons) then you reduce the time it will keep to about 3 days

More Vodka Cocktails to Try

Final Thoughts

This sweet tea vodka lemonade, or spiked Arnold Palmer, is such a refreshing summer cocktail. It takes just minutes to throw together and is perfect for barbecues, tailgates, and other parties.

I love that it’s so easy to adjust to taste. You can add more vodka if you want a stronger drink, or use lemonade and regular sweet tea to balance it out for less alcohol.

Garnish with fresh mint or a lemon slice for the perfect summery sip! This cocktail pairs well with anything that comes off the grill, making it perfect poolside and for backyard parties.

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Sweet Tea Vodka Lemonade Recipe

This sweet tea vodka lemonade is the perfect summer cocktail, great for barbecues and tailgates. It’s only 3 ingredients, and a pitcher is ready to share in 5 minutes or less.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 112 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Cups lemonade (single serving 3 ounces)
  • 2 Cups sweet tea vodka (single serving 2 ounces)
  • 1 Cup sweet tea (single serving not needed)
  • Ice cubes

Instructions
 

  • Add lemonade and sweet tea vodka to a glass or pitcher and stir to combine
    3 Cups lemonade, 2 Cups sweet tea vodka, 1 Cup sweet tea
  • Fill glasses or pitcher with ice
    Ice cubes
  • Serve chilled, with a sprig of mint or slice of lemon to garnish if desired

Notes

  • Any type of lemonade is fine. You can use premade store bought (like Simply Lemonade), make homemade, or use a powdered mix. Plain lemonade is traditional, but feel free to substitute peach, raspberry, or strawberry lemonade as well!
  • I’m using Sweet Carolina sweet tea vodka because that’s what my local liquor store carries. However, other popular brands include Firefly, Seagram’s, and Deep Eddy
  • For a weaker single serving drink, use 1 ounce of sweet tea (non-alcoholic) and just 1 ounce of the sweet tea vodka instead. For a weaker pitcher, reduce the vodka to 1 cup and keep the rest the same
  • Sweet tea vodka lemonade proportions are normally 2:3 vodka to lemonade. However, when making a pitcher I find you need the extra sweet tea to balance it correctly
  • Feel free to garnish with lemon slices or mint
  • You can also add your sweet tea vodka lemonade and ice to a blender and pulse to create a daiquiri-like consistency with crushed ice
  • You can store sweet tea vodka lemonade in a pitcher in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Just pour over ice when you’re ready to serve
  • If you add fruit to your drink (such as sliced lemons) then you reduce the time it will keep to about 3 days
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and flavor of ingredients, any modifications, and total quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 141gCalories: 112kcalCarbohydrates: 12gSodium: 5.4mgPotassium: 0.6mgSugar: 11g
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