Texas Tea Cocktail Drink

Texas Tea

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Searching for an exceptional drink? Our Texas Tea recipe is your answer! Loaded with unique ingredients, making this cocktail is as fun as relishing every sip.

Texas Tea Recipe

Elevate your gatherings with our Texas Tea recipe! Packed with a mix of spirits, zesty lemon, and bubbly cola, it's sure to be a sunny day favorite.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

283 kl

Ingredients

  • ½ oz Bourbon
  • ½ oz Tequila
  • ½ oz Vodka
  • ½ oz Rum
  • ½ oz Gin
  • ½ oz Triple Sec
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • Cola, to top off
  • Lemon wheel, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Add syrup and lemon: Add ½ oz simple syrup and 1 oz fresh lemon juice to your highball glass.
  • Mix Spirits: Pour ½ oz Triple Sec, ½ oz Tequila, ½ oz Bourbon, ½ oz Rum, ½ oz Gin, and ½ oz Vodka into your glass.
  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Top with Cola: Fill the rest of the glass with cola.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to combine the ingredients.
  • Garnish: Add a lemon wheel to the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If I'm out of bourbon, a rye works. It brings a slightly different flavor but meshes well with the cocktail.
  • Triple Sec: I've used Grand Marnier or Cointreau as a luxurious substitute. Both add a richer orange depth.
  • Simple Syrup: Agave syrup or honey can be a good natural alternative, though it changes the sweetness profile.

Making a Pitcher of Texas Tea Cocktail:

  • Scale: Multiply all the ingredients by 8 for a pitcher serving 8. E.g., 4 oz of each spirit, 8 oz of lemon juice, and 4 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: Combine spirits, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a large pitcher.
  • Serve: Fill ice-filled highball glasses 3/4 full with the mixture, top off with cola, garnish with a lemon wheel, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Spirits Substitute: Use non-alcoholic versions of the spirits. They're available in specialty stores.
  • Triple Sec: Swap for an orange-flavored syrup.
  • Proceed As Usual: Replace the spirits with non-alcoholic alternatives and follow the original steps.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup: Ensure the sugar used for your simple syrup was not processed using animal bone char. Alternatively, use agave syrup, which is naturally vegan.
  • Cola: Some colas may have non-vegan coloring or additives. Always check the label and opt for a vegan-certified brand.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
283
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.03
g
0
%
Sodium
 
14
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
25
g
8
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
23
g
26
%
Potassium
 
45
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.02
g
Vitamin A
 
2
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
5
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Texas Tea Cocktail Drink

Texas Tea Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Elevate your gatherings with our Texas Tea recipe! Packed with a mix of spirits, zesty lemon, and bubbly cola, it's sure to be a sunny day favorite.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 283

Ingredients
 

  • ½ oz Bourbon
  • ½ oz Tequila
  • ½ oz Vodka
  • ½ oz Rum
  • ½ oz Gin
  • ½ oz Triple Sec
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • Cola - to top off
  • Lemon wheel - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Add syrup and lemon: Add ½ oz simple syrup and 1 oz fresh lemon juice to your highball glass.
  • Mix Spirits: Pour ½ oz Triple Sec, ½ oz Tequila, ½ oz Bourbon, ½ oz Rum, ½ oz Gin, and ½ oz Vodka into your glass.
  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Top with Cola: Fill the rest of the glass with cola.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to combine the ingredients.
  • Garnish: Add a lemon wheel to the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If I'm out of bourbon, a rye works. It brings a slightly different flavor but meshes well with the cocktail.
  • Triple Sec: I've used Grand Marnier or Cointreau as a luxurious substitute. Both add a richer orange depth.
  • Simple Syrup: Agave syrup or honey can be a good natural alternative, though it changes the sweetness profile.

Making a Pitcher of Texas Tea Cocktail:

  • Scale: Multiply all the ingredients by 8 for a pitcher serving 8. E.g., 4 oz of each spirit, 8 oz of lemon juice, and 4 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: Combine spirits, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a large pitcher.
  • Serve: Fill ice-filled highball glasses 3/4 full with the mixture, top off with cola, garnish with a lemon wheel, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Spirits Substitute: Use non-alcoholic versions of the spirits. They're available in specialty stores.
  • Triple Sec: Swap for an orange-flavored syrup.
  • Proceed As Usual: Replace the spirits with non-alcoholic alternatives and follow the original steps.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup: Ensure the sugar used for your simple syrup was not processed using animal bone char. Alternatively, use agave syrup, which is naturally vegan.
  • Cola: Some colas may have non-vegan coloring or additives. Always check the label and opt for a vegan-certified brand.

What is a Texas Tea?

Texas Tea is a blend that combines multiple types of alcohol, notably bourbon, tequila, rum, vodka, gin, and triple sec, with a touch of lemon juice and cola. Rooted in Southern traditions, this drink stands out for its unique mix of flavors and the incorporation of so many different spirits. People often associate the name “Texas Tea” with the state’s history of oil production, drawing a parallel to the dark hue of the drink. While it might sound intimidating, given its extensive ingredient list, putting it together is straightforward. This iconic drink delivers a punch, and having one feels like an authentic Texan experience.

A side shot of a Texas Tea cocktail in highball glass on a white cloth placed on a tiled surface surrounded by sugar cubes, two lemons, and plant leaves behind.

What is a Texas Tea made of – The ingredients

A Texas Tea is made with the following ingredients:

  • Bourbon: A type of American whiskey that adds a rich, smoky depth.
  • Tequila: A distilled spirit from the agave plant, lending a distinct, slightly sweet note.
  • Vodka: A neutral spirit, it enhances the cocktail’s alcohol content without overshadowing other flavors.
  • Rum: A liquor made from sugarcane, it introduces a hint of sweetness and tropical character.
  • Gin: A spirit known for its botanicals, it contributes a slight herbal touch.
  • Triple Sec: An orange-flavored liqueur, it offers a zesty citrus kick.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: Brings brightness and acidity, balancing out the sweetness.
  • Simple Syrup: A sugar solution, it helps smooth out the drink and enhance its sweetness.
  • Cola: Adds fizz and caramel notes, completing the cocktail with bubbles and color.

Tequila, Bourbon, Triple Sec, Gin, Rum, Vodka, sugar cubes and two lemons laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Texas Tea?

See how easy is to make a Texas Tea with our instructions:
1
Drizzle into the highball glass some simple syrup for sweetness.

Drizzle into the highball glass some simple syrup for sweetness.

2
Add fresh lemon juice to the highball glass.

Add fresh lemon juice to the highball glass.

3
Add Triple Sec to the mix.

Add Triple Sec to the mix.

4
Add Vodka to the glass.

Add Vodka to the glass.

5
Pour Tequila into the highball glass.

Pour Tequila into the highball glass.

6
Add Rum to the mix.

Add Rum to the mix.

7
Add Gin to the highball glass.

Add Gin to the highball glass.

8
Pour Bourbon into the highball glass.

Pour Bourbon into the highball glass.

9
Load your glass with ice cubes to the top, preparing it for the cocktail mix.

Load your glass with ice cubes to the top, preparing it for the cocktail mix.

10
Fill the remaining space in the glass with cola, giving the drink its signature dark color and fizz.

Fill the remaining space in the glass with cola, giving the drink its signature dark color and fizz.

11
Mix the ingredients gently with a stirrer or bar spoon, ensuring a uniform blend.

Mix the ingredients gently with a stirrer or bar spoon, ensuring a uniform blend.

12
Optionally, you can garnish the cocktail with a lemon wheel before serving and enjoying your Texas Tea Cocktail.

Optionally, you can garnish the cocktail with a lemon wheel before serving and enjoying your Texas Tea Cocktail.

13
Enjoy your Texas Tea cocktail!

Enjoy your Texas Tea cocktail!

Texas Tea vs. Long Island Iced Tea

Texas Tea is a variation of the Long Island Iced Tea. They carry the same ingredients but the Texas features bourbon whiskey as well, offering a more complex and richer taste.

Which Gin, Rum, or Vodka should I use for a Texas Tea?

When crafting your Texas Tea, your choice of gin, vodka, and rum can elevate the drink from good to exceptional. For gin, consider Tanqueray – it offers a robust juniper profile with a touch of citrus, adding depth to your cocktail. For those who appreciate smoother vodka, Grey Goose stands out. Its subtle hints of almonds and a crisp, fresh palate can seamlessly blend with the cocktail’s myriad flavors. As for rum, Bacardi Superior is a solid choice. With its light, floral notes and slightly fruity undertones, it complements the other ingredients without overpowering them. If you want to nail that Texas Tea every time, these brands are a safe bet.

A Texas Tea cocktail, shot from above, in highball glass on a white marmol table surrounded by Tequila, Bourbon, Triple Sec, Gin, Rum, Vodka, sugar cubes and two lemons.

History and Origin

The Texas Tea, much like the oil industry in Texas, runs deep in its associations with the state’s identity. “Texas Tea” originally referred to crude oil, highlighting the state’s prominent role in the American oil industry during the 20th century. Popular culture, particularly TV shows like “The Beverly Hillbillies,” used “Texas Tea” as a colloquial term for oil, embedding it further into the American lexicon.

As for the cocktail’s inception, it’s a bit murky. However, many believe the name and the drink drew inspiration from the Long Island Iced Tea, a concoction that also boasts a blend of multiple spirits. Both drinks, despite their names, don’t contain any tea but are so named because their color mimics that of iced tea. The Texas Tea pays homage to the Lone Star State by echoing its larger-than-life reputation in the form of a robust drink.

 

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Texas Tea?
Approximately 200-250 calories, depending on the specific spirits and quantities used.
How strong is a Texas Tea?
It has an ABV (Alcohol By Volume) of around 22-30%, about 44-60 proof.
What alcohol is used in a Texas Tea?
It typically includes bourbon, tequila, vodka, rum, gin, and triple sec.
In which glass is a Texas Tea served?
It’s usually served in a highball glass.
What does a Texas Tea taste like?
It has a complex, balanced taste, combining the richness of five different spirits, the sweetness of simple syrup and triple sec, and the zesty citrus notes from lemon and cola.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Texas Tea?
Equal parts of the five spirits, balanced with triple sec and lemon juice, cola, and a dash of simple syrup.
How is a Texas Tea served?
It's served over ice, making it refreshing and chilled.
Can I use Sprite for a Texas Tea?
Yes, you can use Sprite but it will add a lemon-lime flavor and make the drink sweeter.

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