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Homemade Sweet Tea Vodka

Homemade Sweet Tea Vodka is so simple to make, you’ll want to have a jar of this in your fridge all spring and summer long! Just three ingredients, and you can have a boozy sweet tea cocktail in your glass. 

Homemade Sweet Tea Vodka

Homemade Sweet Tea Vodka Recipe

Sweet tea vodka is one of my guilty pleasures. When the summer hits, and it is hot outside and I want some kind of cocktail, there’s not really anything better in my book than a glass full of ice, sweet tea vodka, and fresh lemonade. 

There are a lot of different brands of this available commercially, but most of them are REALLY sweet, almost syrup-like. That goes a little too far for me, so I really wanted a way to customize the level of sweet without sacrificing the tea flavor.

Turns out, homemade sweet tea vodka is just as easy as homemade sweet tea.

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How to make sweet tea vodka

This is less of a recipe and more of just a process. We’ll go with it anyway though. 

First, you’ll want to put the vodka in a large mason jar or another container that has a lid. 

Next, put the teabags into the vodka. 

Put the lid on, and stick the whole thing in the fridge. 

Let it sit for a day or so, and then sweeten with simple syrup as much (or as little) as you’d like. 

Sometimes, especially if I’m going to be mixing it with lemonade, I skip the simple syrup completely because the lemonade is usually sweet enough.

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Homemade Sweet Tea Vodka

How do you store sweet tea vodka?

Since vodka doesn’t actually need refrigeration, sweet tea vodka really doesn’t either, but I keep mine in the fridge anyway. 

I drink this liqueur chilled, so why not cut down on the amount of ice melt and watering down of things by keeping the main ingredient chilled?

Try this Peach Moonshine for another great cocktail base!

Homemade Sweet Tea Vodka

What can you make with sweet tea vodka?

So many things!

My favorite is in a Spiked Arnold Palmer. That’s just boozy sweet tea + lemonade. 

You can also make a sweet tea martini by shaking it over ice with a squeeze of lemon inside.

Here are some other great ideas too!

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Yield: 12 servings

Homemade Sweet Tea Vokda

Homemade Sweet Tea Vodka

Homemade Sweet Tea Vodka is a simple 3 ingredient concoction that is way better than what you'll buy in the store, and so customizable!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Steep Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 5 minutes


  • 3 cups high-quality vodka
  • 6 black tea bags
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup (adjust to your personal taste!)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed (optional)


  1. Combine the vodka and tea bags, cover tightly, and put in the fridge for 1-2 days.
  2. Add in the simple syrup and lemon juice, if using.
  3. Mix with your favorite mixer or just serve over ice.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 0g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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