While Maryland isn’t exactly the South, I grew up with an affinity for sweet tea unlike no other. Now as an adult, I still maintain this love, but I like mine a little more spiked, if you know what I mean. Because it’s Popsicle Week, I decided to turn my favorite beverage into a frozen treat… but with a touch of booze!

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Recipe: Spiked Sweet Tea Popsicles (adapted from this sweet tea recipe on Food52)

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. water
  • 8 tea bags (I used classic Lipton)
  • 8 tablespoons white sugar
  • the juice of half a lemon
  • 2 oz. Southern Comfort

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To start, bring water to a boil. Once it’s boiling, turn off the heat and steep teabags for 20-25 minutes.

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Once the tea has steeped, remove teabags and transfer into a bowl with spout for easy pouring into popsicle molds. Pour sugar and lemon juice into the tea. Stir until all sugar is dissolved. (I like to add lemon for a touch of brightness. This ingredient is totally optional.)

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Now the fun part: pour your shot of whiskey and stir into tea mixture. Bonus points if you pour a second shot for yourself.

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Pour into popsicle molds (I like these from Zoku) and freeze.

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Have leftover tea mixture? Spike a bit more and pour yourself a cocktail while you wait for the pops to freeze! Garnish with a sprig of mint.

photography by Jojotastic

PS – Lots of bloggers are participating in Popsicle Week! Be sure to check out the entire list here!