Recipe for Old Fashioned Flavored Sweet Tea

Tall Guy makes a sweet tea mocktail

Before you head out for one last lazy summer weekend, I’d like to share a drink recipe to celebrate September, our month of all things southern. I wanted to create something that paired one of Wisconsin’s favorite drinks, the Old Fashioned, with one of my adopted state, South Carolina’s favorites, sweet tea. Seeing as it is also bourbon month, I was going to go with a sweet tea infused Old Fashioned, but Lt. Dan at A Spicy Perspective beat me to it with this delicious drink. Here is our Recipe for Old Fashioned Flavored Sweet Tea!

Delicious sweet tea and Old Fashioned mocktail from Tall Guy

So instead, I took this a different way and gussied up my favorite traditional sweet tea recipe with all the the flavors unique to an Old Fashioned – bitters, orange slices, and maraschino cherries. I really like Bittercube bitters. They are a local company who make a few different flavors. Their cherry bark vanilla flavor was tasty in the test kitchen, but I’m sure any would be great.

Sweet tea and Old Fashioned flavors pair well

I used basic green tea bags when creating this recipe. Orange spice or hibiscus tea would also be tasty.

This sparkly mocktail is perfect for your Labor Day functions or to spice up a quiet afternoon. And if you’re looking for a little punch, a shot of bourbon or brandy would do the trick! Cheers to another great summer, friends!

A sweet tea mocktail from Tall Guy and A Grill

Old Fashioned Flavored Sweet Tea


  • 1 pinch baking soda
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 6 tea bags
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 6 cups cold water
  • Bitters
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 jar maraschino cherries
  • 1 liter club soda


To prepare the tea, add the pinch of baking soda to the bottom of a heat-proof pitcher. Add six tea bags and two cups boiling water. Cover. Let steep for 20 minutes to get a really strong brew.

Discard tea bags. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add cold water and refrigerate until time to serve.

To serve, fill a glass with ice. Add one or two dashes of bitters, one maraschino cherry and one orange slice to the glass. Top with two parts sweet tea and one part club soda. Garnish with another cherry and orange slice.

Hope you enjoy our Recipe for Old Fashioned Flavored Sweet Tea!