Boozy Lemon Tea

Who knew that black tea and gin could be such a perfect combination?
Boozy Lemon Tea

Recipe by Sarah Karnasiewicz

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15 minutes

15 minutes

8 glasses


  • 8 black tea bags 

  • 12 large thyme sprigs 

  • 2 cups boiling water 

  • 1/2 cup honey 

  • 6 lemons—4 scrubbed (ends trimmed) and quartered; 2 cut into wheels, for garnish 

  • 1/2 cup sugar 

  • 2 cups gin 


1. In a large heatproof pitcher, steep the tea bags, 4 thyme sprigs, and the boiling water for 5 minutes. Discard the tea bags and thyme. Stir in the honey. Add enough cold water to the tea to measure 4 cups.     

2. Cut the pith from the center of each lemon quarter and discard any seeds. In a blender, puree the lemon quarters (unpeeled), sugar, and gin until smooth, about 2 minutes. Strain into a large liquid measuring cup, pressing firmly on the solids to release the liquid. Add enough cold water to the lemonade to measure 4 cups.     

3. Divide the tea among 8 tall glasses filled with ice. Top with the lemonade. Garnish with the remaining thyme sprigs and the lemon wheels.