Spicy-Spiked Iced Tea

Total Time:
10 min
5 min
5 min

8 servings

  • 4 orange Pekoe tea bags
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 5 to 6 cups of ice cubes, plus additional ice to serve
  • 1/3 cup superfine sugar, plus more if desired
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 8 (1 1/2-oz) shots of light rum
  • Lemon wedges, for garnish
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • Place tea bags in a small bowl or large measuring cup/batter bowl. Add 3 cups boiling water and steep tea 5 minutes.

  • Fill a large pitcher with ice cubes, 5 to 6 cups. Pour sugar over ice. Add lemon and orange juice, cinnamon stick and cloves. Pour hot tea over ice and stir with wooden spoon until most of the ice dissolves and tea has been quick-cooled. Serve or chill until ready to serve.

  • When ready to serve, pour into a tall glass filled with more ice, a shot of light rum. Pour spicy iced tea through a strainer to remove the cinnamon, cloves and fruit pulp/pits. Fill glass with tea. Serve tea with extra sugar and lemon wedges.

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this was good. i also found that if you take a peach tea bag....or some flavored iced tea mix that you can add some peach schnapps to and use a 92 proof navy rum that it is sweeter and not as spicy. does make a refreshing punch too!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
delicious and refreshing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is such a great refreshing drink. You'll want to double the recipe if you have a lot of people because it doesn't make that much and you'll want to drink every last drop of this. Make it on a hot summer day or for a tailgating party. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband called this our "pumpkin tea" because it reminded him of pumpkin pie. I made it the same day it aired on TV and we drank the entire pitcher. We served up seconds the next day! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I absolutely love this recipe. I have made it around 4 times already this summer. It's not very sweet so if you're looking for a sweet southern tea, this is definately not it. I actually add an extra orange and an extra lemon. That makes the taste of the tea better. It's very refreshing and what's good about this recipe is that it's tastes good even without the alcohol. Don't get me wrong, it tastes really good with the rum, but it's such a great recipe that it's not the alcohol that makes it tastes so good, it's the tea recipe itself. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was just the perfect departure from regular everyday Iced Tea. Amazing how just the addition of a few spices hanging around my kitchen pretty much waiting for the holidays could make such an impact. I did substitute Splenda however for the sugar so I could serve it to my Diabetic mother and carb counting son but it was worked great producing a not too overpoweringly spicy or sweet tea. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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