Easy Iced Tea Mocktail and Cocktail Recipes for Summer

Try some refreshing twists on the conventional iced tea recipe, or spike it with some extras for a sensational summertime iced tea cocktail!

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Ice tea is a summertime staple. When served perfectly chilled on a hot summer day, nothing compares the flavor and refreshment it delivers with every gulp. If you are bored with the classic ice tea recipes you’ve been drinking all your life, try to incorporate some new ingredients to your traditional recipe to switch up the flavor profiles.

The great thing about ice tea is its versatility. Almost any fruit or citrus juice can enhance and complement its flavors, as well as, herbs, spices, rinds, and more! If you are ready to modernize your age-old iced tea recipe, continue reading and look forward to some fantastic tips and tricks you can try at home or at your favorite bar!

Green Lemon Iced Tea 🍋

What You Will Need:

❧ Green Tea Leaves
❧ Tea Ball
❧ Lemons
❧ Juicer (optional)
❧ Pitcher
*You can simply use green tea bags if you do not want or have a tea ball set. If you do not have fresh lemons for lemon juice, use lemonade.

Instructions:

➀ Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
➁ Insert 3 green tea bags.
➂ Cover with a lid and allow it to steep for 3 to 5 minutes. If you want stronger tea, steep for a few minutes longer. If you do not have a lid or cover, use a large cutting board.
➃ Once the tea has steeped, transfer it to a pitcher and squeeze ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice in it. You can also add 2 teaspoons of honey or sugar to sweeten it up!
➄ Allow the tea to chill overnight in the refrigerator, and serve over ice with a lemon slice garnish!

Ginger Hibiscus Iced Tea 🌺

What You Will Need:

❧ Hibiscus Tea Bags
❧ Fresh Ginger
❧ Lemon
❧ Sweetener of Choice
❧ Strainer
❧ Pitcher
*You can use honey or sugar as a sweetener. You can find Hibiscus tea bags at any local grocery store or fresh foods market. Again, if you do not have fresh lemons, you can use lemonade instead.

Instructions :

➀ Bring 4 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of freshly peeled ginger, and 3 tablespoons of sweetener to a boil in a medium sauce pan.
➁ Stir the boiling water until the sugar is entirely dissolved.
➂ Remove the pan from heat and add 4 bags of Hibiscus tea.
➃ Cover the pan with a lid and allow the tea to steep for 10 to 12 minutes. Steep longer for stronger flavored tea.
➄ Pour the tea over a strainer into your desired pitcher to remove all the ginger solids.
➅ Chill in the refrigerator overnight. Serve over ice with a lemon wedge!
➆ To enhance your refreshment on a hot summer day, add a bit of seltzer water to your iced tea concoction!

Iced Tea Cocktail Ideas 🍹

Summer is also a time for relaxation and recreation; and what better way to enjoy the sunny season than with an iced cold cocktail! Ice tea makes a great base for alcoholic beverages because it contains water, which helps keep you hydrated, as well as citric acid, which serves as an antioxidant to help control hangovers! Below are some ways to enhance the above iced tea concoctions into iced tea cocktails!

Ginger Hibiscus Iced Tea Cocktails:
Add bourbon, cinnamon sticks, honey, and allspice;
Add white rum, Aperol, sparkling wine, and fresh berries;
Add beer and muddled grapefruit.

Iced Green Tea Cocktails:
Add champagne, pomegranate juice, and mint leaves;
Add gin, lime juice, and orange juice;
Add vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice, and orange liqueur.

Order a Refreshing Iced Tea Drink at English Ivy’s!

Contact English Ivy’s at 317-822-5070 to learn all about our weekly drink specials in Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. We also serve a full lunch, dinner, and late night menu, and even brunch on weekends! From iced tea cocktails and mimosas, to beer, wine, and everything in between, we have the refreshing summertime cocktails you crave on a hot day. With neighborhood prices and the nicest service around, you will enjoy every minute you spend at our Downtown Indianapolis bar and restaurant!

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Don’t Miss English Ivy’s Commemorative Stonewall Event This Friday!

Tomorrow, June 28th, English Ivy’s is holding the event, Stonewall: A Riot of Dinner and Dancing, to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which helped serve as the beginning of the gay liberation movement. We hope this event reminds everyone about the importance of maintaining the fight for LGBTQ rights in our country and all around the world!

Continue below to learn more about the history of the Stonewall uprising, as well as, the details surrounding tomorrow’s exciting event!

Stonewall: A Riot of Dinner and Dancing
NEW YORK- JULY 12 2016: The Stonewall Inn, site of the 1969 riots on Christopher St. President Obama designated the area around the iconic bar as the country’s first national monument to LGBT rights.

Stonewall: A Riot of Dinner and Dancing

When: Friday June 28th
Time: 5PM – 3AM
Where: English Ivy’s Eatery & Pub
944 N Alabama St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Stonewall: A Riot of Dinner and Dancing
Stonewall: A Riot of Dinner and Dancing

The 1969 Stonewall Riots

With the influence of the civil rights movement, the counterculture of the 1960s, and the anti-Vietnam War movement, it is really no surprise that the Stonewall riots came about with such a sudden fervor. These riots, also referred to as the Stonewall uprising or Stonewall rebellion, took place in Manhattan, New York City on June 28th, 1969. The cumulative event of the Stonewall riots occurred in a succession of violent demonstrations lead by the LGBTQ community against a police raid in Greenwich Village. Their purpose was simple and just: to fight for equal rights in the United States.

You see, in the 1950’s and 1960’s, the gay community was challenged with an anti-gay legal system, and were not welcomed among the majority of standard society. Most places would not allow them into their establishments, with the exception of a few bars. Even there, the LGBTQ groups were often subjected to cruel police raids. A place owned by the mafia called the Stonewall Inn was one such bar that catered to various classes of the LGBTQ community. In 1969, a sign in the Stonewall Inn window read, “We homosexuals plead with our people to please help maintain peaceful and quiet conduct on the streets of the Village.”

Today, the Stonewall riots serve as a homage to the start of the LGBTQ fight for equality and liberation. Furthermore, LGBTQ Pride events are held every year all around the world in the last 2 weeks of June to commemorate the Stonewall riots of 1969. Do your part to support the continuing fight for LGBTQ rights by joining English Ivy’s at our Stonewall: A Riot of Dinner and Dancing event, tomorrow!

Celebrate Stonewall: A Riot of Dinner and Dancing!

Contact us at 317-822-5070 to learn more about our menus, specials, events, and more. We gladly accept wall-ins, reservations, and even carryout orders. And as an added convenience, we have both lot and street parking available, so visiting us is never a hassle. With neighborhood prices and the kindliest service around, you will be fully- satisfied with every moment you spend at our Downtown Indiana bar and restaurant! We look forward to being friends!

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Top Summertime Whiskey Cocktails for Barbecue

Summer is a time for barbecuing, and here at English Ivy’s, our bartenders and culinary specialists know that whiskey happens to be one of the best drinks to pair with the flavors of roasted, seared, and flamed meats. The aromatic herbs and essences of whiskey perfectly complement the rich, char-grilled flavors of authentic BBQ cuisine.

So continue reading to learn which whiskey cocktails we recommend to pair with your summertime BBQ!

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The Cobas

Why Whiskey?

Terrific barbecue is not an easy accomplishment. It takes years of trial and error, acute knowledge, and unwavering discipline to truly achieve the skill level necessary to create mouth-watering barbecue. But when it comes to creating delicious cocktails to pair well with your favorite smoked meats and classic comfort foods, there is no real skill required! Anyone can couple the perfect cocktail with the smokiness and spiciness of a genuine barbecue dinner. All you need are the right ingredients, the right supplies, and a group of friends to share them with!

When deciding on cocktails, there are hundreds of liquors and liqueurs to choose from, but whiskey is always a safe choice. There is no other liquor that quite matches the smoke and spice of barbecue. The aromatic herbs of whiskey seem to complement the charred goodness of authentic barbecued foods. Below you will find a few popular whiskey cocktails that are sure to bring out the best flavors and the best times at your next barbecue dinner!

🍋 The Dickelade

This cocktail is made with George Dickel No. 12® , which is a 90 proof whiskey that is inspired by authentic scotch flavors. It is basically an Arnold Palmer, but without the iced tea. In fact, you could even compare it to a whiskey sour, which is bourbon, lemon juice, and sugar (and sometimes an egg white to balance the flavor!). To make a Dickelade, simply mix with lemonade and serve over ice with a lemon slice!

Directions:
⇢ 1.5 ounces George Dickel No. 12®
⇢ 4 ounces Lemonade

Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour in whiskey first, then top it with the lemonade. Stir the contents until the glass starts to chill and condensate. Finish by garnishing with a lemon slice.

🍯 Jack Daniels Honey® & Grapefruit

The name really says it all here. This cocktail is the perfect refreshing finish to any bite of tasty barbecue, and it only requires a few easy ingredients. All you need is a bottle of Jack Daniels® and some ruby red grapefruits to get started. Simply mix, pour over ice, and garnish with a lime wedge. If you want to avoid the hassle of freshly squeezing grapefruits, you can substitute in your choice of bottled grapefruit juice.

Directions:
⇢ 1 ounces Jack Daniels Honey®
⇢ 3 ounces Fresh-Squeezed Grapefruit Juice

Start with a tall glass of ice. Squeeze grapefruit juice into a separate container. Next, pour the whiskey over ice, then follow with grapefruit juice. Finish by garnishing with a lime wedge.

🍹 The Cobas

If you want something similar to the Jack Daniels Honey® and Grapefruit, but not as sweet, try the exotic cocktail named the Cobas, which loosely translates to the suck up in Spanish. But this drink doesn’t have tequila. Instead, this cocktail requires standard bourbon, grapefruit juice, mint leaves, and cinnamon.

Directions:
⇢ 1 ounces Jim Beam®
⇢ 1.5 ounces Fresh-Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
⇢ 1.5 ounces Fresh-Squeezed Lime Juice

Start with a tall glass of ice. Next, pour the whiskey over ice, then follow with grapefruit juice and lime juice. Finish by garnishing with a lime wedge, fresh mint leaves, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Where to Get Great Food and Drink Specials in Downtown Indy

Contact English Ivy’s at 317-822-5070 to hear about our delicious dinner and drink specials we’re offering this summer! We gladly accept wall-ins, reservations, and even carryout orders. From classic wings and beer, to prime rib, cocktails, stage entertainment, and more, we have exactly what you are looking for in both flavor and fun! With neighborhood prices and the kindliest service around, you will be fully-satisfied with every moment you spend at our Downtown Indianapolis bar and restaurant! We look forward to being friends!

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English Ivy’s Invites You to Check Out Our Brand New Website!

If you need a new “Gay-thering” place for your group, trust English Ivy’s bar and restaurant for phenomenal food, fun, and friendship! In fact, we invite you to check out our brand new website!

www.EnglishIvys.com

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Call 317-822-5070 to Hear Our Specials!

English Ivy’s has officially launched a brand new website that let’s our customers preview everything we have to offer at our local, Downtown Indianapolis bar and restaurant. Start on our HOME page to read more about our company creed and why Hoosiers have made us a leading Indy eatery in town. Then move onto our PHOTO WALL page to see just how much food and fun we offer!

In fact, we offer a wide range of delicious MENUS, including BRUNCH, LUNCH, and DINNER options, as well as, a heap of food and beverage SPECIALS every day of the week! Come in on Mondays for 50¢ wing night and $6 Mules, or the next day for $2 Tuesdays when all wells and domestic bottles are only two bucks! We also have $5 Absolut Wednesdays, Taco Thursdays, Prime Rob Fridays, and breakfast all weekend! But the entertainment doesn’t stop there; we also host several fun EVENTS, like Bag Lady Bingo, game night, movie trivia, theme parties, and more!

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Call 317-822-5070 to Hear About Our Specials!

Make a stop on our ABOUT page to learn more about our convenient location in the beautiful Historic Saint Joseph Neighborhood, in Downtown Indianapolis! If you have any questions or requests, feel free to send us an email on our CONTACT page, and we will get back to you within one business day. When you are in between visits to our sociable LGBTQ-enthused restaurant and bar, be sure to check back with our BLOG page for fun and informative posts about food, cocktails, news, and more!

English Ivy’s is the Place Where Great Food and Fun Times MEET!

Contact us today at 317-822-5070 to learn more about our menus, specials, events, and more. We gladly accept wall-ins, reservations, and even carryout orders. And as an added convenience, we have both lot and street parking available, so visiting us is never a hassle. With neighborhood prices and the kindliest service around, you will be fully- satisfied with every moment you spend at our Downtown Indiana bar and restaurant! We look forward to being friends!

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