With the Fourth just around the corner (and temperatures reaching the triple digits this week in Texas), I’m in need of a little patriotism. Preferably, the ice cold sort. Thanks to those colonists getting unruly back in 1773, we got the start of a revolution, a bay full of tea, and one heck of a drink name. Sweet and refreshing, the “Boston Tea Party” is my official Independence Day beverage this year. Similar to a Long Island Iced Tea, this cocktail uses real iced tea instead of cola. It also derives interest and depth from it’s secret ingredient: Bittermen’s Boston Bittahs, “a peculiar combination of citrus and chamomile.” Careful with this one — it goes down easy and packs a lot of punch! Read below for instructions on brewing your own Uncle Sam-approved pitcher:


  • iced tea bags
  • 5 tablespoons St-Germain (elderflower liqueur)
  • 1 1/2 cups white rum
  • 3/4 cup dry vermouth
  • 1 teaspoon Boston Bittahs
  • 3/4 cup water
  • lemons


Combine the tea packets and vermouth in a pitcher and let steep for ten minutes. Add 3/4 cup water, rum, St-Germain, and bitters. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. Pour into glasses filled with ice and garnish with a lemon wedge. Sit back and watch the fireworks!

*This recipe was inspired by The Boston Tea Party recipe by Jim Mehaan on bonappetit.com

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  1. 1
    [email protected] June 26, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Perfect drink for the 4th here in Houuston!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith June 26, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      Thanks, Jennifer! Bottoms up.

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    thenewdiplomatswife June 26, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Perfect for Washington – definitely saving for all of our bipartisan functions!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith June 26, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Nice. We believe that members of all parties should have basic rights to refreshment!

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    elizabeth June 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    as a Bostonian, I wholeheartedly approve this message.

    • Jennifer Rose Smith June 26, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks, Elizabeth. Cheers to you!

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    Laura June 26, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Ahh I’m obsessed with St. Germain! I will have to try this over the weekend. Cheers!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith June 26, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      Give it a whirl, Laura! We love St. Germain — and the gorgeous bottle doesn’t hurt, either.

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    Annabelle June 26, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    such a gorgeous photo shoot! everything about it shouts summertime.
    and the drink sounds positively refreshing.

    • Jennifer Rose Smith June 26, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks, Annabelle. It was so hot outside when we shot that, I definitely had one of those drinks afterwards!

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    Katie Meyers/ Meyers Styles June 26, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    This looks incredibly delicious, Jenn! I’m always looking for new twists on classic recipes and this one is perfect & refreshing for summer! PS- it was such a pleasure meeting you at ALT last week… Hope you had a great rest of the weekend here in NYC! 😉

    • Jennifer Rose Smith June 27, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      So much fun meeting you, too, Katie! I definitely enjoyed the rest of my time in the city. That trip went by too fast. I need to make a habit of visiting at least once a year!

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    Sarah June 27, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Perfect for summer, and perfect for the 4th. Perfect for me, come to think of it!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith June 27, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      Thank you, Sarah! Hope you enjoy.

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    Libbynan June 27, 2013 at 7:12 am

    What a refreshing drink for a hot, humid Arkansas weekend…. and I have all the ingredients! This will definitely be on the menu for Saturday’s party. Thanks!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith June 27, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Wonderful, Libbynan! I’m impressed that you have the bitters. Even we had to go to the store for that. Hope your party is a great success on Saturday!

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    Emily June 27, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    This sounds wonderful! Yummmm


    • Jennifer Rose Smith June 27, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks, Emily!

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    diane smith June 29, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Thx. Jenn! Will have to try this out. Cheers!!!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith June 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks, D!

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    Carrie Harris July 2, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Love the addition of the elderflower liqueur, this sounds like a perfect drink for celebrating!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith July 3, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      Yes, Carrie — this was my first introduction to elderflower. I can’t get over that St. Germain bottle. Now that’s what I call packaging.

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    Tori July 2, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    I will definitely be trying this. I just discovered St. Germain for another new recipe and would love a reason to drink more of it :).

    • Jennifer Rose Smith July 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      Great, Tori — and Happy Fourth of July to you!

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    lifeloveandlemonsblog July 3, 2013 at 7:49 am

    ohhh this looks dangerous… in a good way!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith July 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      Indeed, dangerously good.