Planning some warm-weather entertaining? This Raspberry Hard Iced Tea Cocktail,  with Milo’s award-winning tea, will become a perpetual party favorite. Mix in iced tea classics like raspberries, lemon, and mint along with a spike whiskey and you have the perfect porch sipping summer cocktail.

While I will forever love a Blackberry Dark and Stormy and our Cran-Cherry Rye Whiskey Sour Cocktail this Raspberry Hard Iced Tea is a crowd favorite during the summer.

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Raspberry Hard Iced Tea Cocktail

Nothing’s more refreshing or satisfying than good old fashioned sweet tea. Except, maybe, the spiked raspberry kind. This just screams summer!

Summer has officially arrived, and I don’t know about you, but I plan to beat the heat with plenty of sweet summer sippers that will keep me cool all summer long. It’s time to break out the Raspberry Hard Iced Tea and kick back on the porch swing with a good book, who’s with me?

This recipe is really something special and it couldn’t be any easier to make. Just pick up a jug of Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea, some fresh fruit and herbs, and break open a bottle of bourbon and now you have a cocktail, unlike anything you’ve tried before.

This sweet creation goes down easy with the refreshing sweet tea and fresh fruit flavors that will have you filling up your glass all day long. Keep scrolling to see just how to make a hard iced tea cocktail that’s sure to hit the spot.

Tray of Raspberry Hard Iced Tea Cocktail outside on back a deck

How To Make The Best Raspberry Hard Iced Tea

Drinking cocktails is easy, and I believe that making them should be just the same. With busy summer schedules, I know most of us don’t have time to spend gathering a million ingredients and attempting to craft a drink only a pro could master.

That’s why I love to keep it simple with cocktails this raspberry hard iced tea. It’s a mixture that will have all your friends thinking you’re a pro mixologist, without any of the skills or fancy tools needed.

(full printable recipe at end of this post)

Gather your ingredients:

  • Fresh raspberries
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Whiskey or bourbon
  • Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea, chilled
  • Fresh mint

Get to mixing:

In a glass, muddle raspberries and lemon juice. Fill the glass with ice. Add your shot of whiskey, top off with Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea and stir. Garnish with additional raspberries and a mint sprig.

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Cocktail Mixing Tips You Need To Know

When it comes to mixing cocktails there are a few tips and tricks I always like to keep in mind that allow me to always make sure I’m making the best drinks possible. So, here are a few of my personal tips.

Get a muddler: You might think “oh I’ll just use a fork, it will be just as easy” but let me tell you it’s not. Muddlers are relatively inexpensive and worth every penny. It helps mash up the fruit perfectly in no time.

Use a labeled shot glass: This is one of those “I didn’t know I needed this until I got one” kind of moments. When using a shot glass that labels the ounces it will cut your prep time so much and will eliminate and estimating when it comes to ingredients.

Opt for fresh ingredients: I’m all about using whatever is cheapest and most easily accessible, but when it comes to a nice refreshing summer cocktail, I always opt for fresh ingredients. It really makes all the difference and will transform any drink into a professional quality beverage.

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Start Summer Off Right With Raspberry Hard Iced Tea

Summer is already knocking at the front door, not sure how that happened since it seems like Christmas was last week, but whether you were prepared for it or not, it’s coming.

That means summer fun and craziness is upon us with some days filled with fun in the sun and relaxing by the pool, and some days shuttling everyone to their daily summer activities.

No matter how relaxed or busy your summer day is this season, there’s only one perfect way to end the day (or start if it’s one of those lounging kind of days) and that’s with a refreshing glass of raspberry hard iced tea cocktail.

With the ease and simplicity that comes with just picking up a jug of Milo’s tea for the base of this cocktail, it becomes the ideal beverage for summer holidays. Less time worrying about preparation means more time creating shared Milo’s Moments among family and friends, and who doesn’t love that?

2 glasses and a pitcher of ice cold Raspberry Hard Iced Tea Cocktail

Iced Tea Cocktail Variations You’ll Love

  • For a party: Pour Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea in a pitcher and add a handful of raspberries and several lemon slices.  Refrigerate an hour or more to let the flavors mingle. Guests can drink it as is, or let them make their own cocktail and pour the infused tea over ice and add a shot of whiskey. Have raspberries and mint leaves on hand for garnish.
  • For a less sweet version: Make this hard iced tea cocktail with Milo’s Famous Unsweet Tea and make a raspberry simple syrup(recipe below) or add raspberry liquor.
  • For a lemonade twist: Make a hard Arnold Palmer, use half sweet tea and half lemonade
  • For a hard raspberry cooler: top it off with sparkling water for a refreshing cooler
  • For those who don’t prefer dark liquor: experiment with different alcohol – try tequila or raspberry infused vodka

How To Make Raspberry syrup:

  1. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/ cup water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  2. Add 1 cup of raspberries and bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat. Cover and let steep for 10 minutes.
  4. Strain syrup and cool completely. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Raspberry Hard Iced Tea Cocktail in a glass with a gallon jug of Milos Famous Sweet Tea

Reasons You’ll Dream About This Iced Tea Cocktail

Milo’s Tea is fresh brewed and features natural ingredients. No preservatives or added acids. Besides the tea sweetened with pure cane sugar that I used in this recipe, they also have an unsweet tea, and no-calorie tea option sweetened with sucralose.  

You can find Milo’s in the refrigerated juice section at your local supermarket and can be found in thousands of retailers across the United States. I usually pick it up at Walmart, but you can check their store locator to find a retailer near you. Milo’s Tea Company is a family-owned, certified woman-owned business located in Bessemer, AL

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What’s Not To Love About A Cocktail This Good?!

This is truly one of the best drinks I’ve made in a long time, and I know you’re going to love it just as much as I do! Cheers!

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Raspberry Hard Iced Tea Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

Planning some warm-weather entertaining? This Raspberry Hard Iced Tea Cocktail will become a perpetual party favorite. Mix in iced tea classics like raspberries, lemon, and mint along with a spike whiskey and you have the perfect porch sipping summer cocktail. 


  • 8 fresh raspberries (divided for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces whiskey or bourbon (we use honey whiskey)
  • 6 ounces Milo's Famous Sweet Tea
  • fresh mint


  1. In a glass, muddle 3-5 raspberries and lemon juice. Fill the glass with ice.
  2. Add your shot of whiskey, top off with Milo's Famous Sweet Tea and stir.
  3. Garnish with additional raspberries and a mint sprig.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, and freshness of ingredients used.

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