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Backyard Sweet Tea

Backyard Sweet Tea is a super simple and tasty rum cocktail for any holiday, party or get together with friends. This is a great mixed drink to have in your recipe box for last minute entertaining. 

If you are a sweet tea fan, you’ll also love this Spiked Iced Tea made with peppermint schnapps for a quick and refreshing cocktail.

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Backyard Sweet Tea Cocktail with orange and mint garnish

Backyard Sweet Tea

Sweet tea is the most popular beverage at our house and across the southern states for sure. We have taken classic sweet tea to the next level with a splash of spiced rum! It makes a great party drink for any time of year and for any occasion!

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Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum and sweet tea cocktail

How to Make Backyard Sweet Tea:

Glass of ice filled half full with black spiced rum

  • Backyard sweet tea is simply a 3:1 ratio of sweet tea and black spiced rum served over ice.
  • Garnish with orange or lemon curls and fresh mint if desired. 

It’s easy to make this a large batch cocktail for parties or just mix up a glass to sip on the front porch or by the bonfire. 

I am very particular about sweet tea. I prefer to use Lipton Tea and I add 3/4 cup of sugar to a gallon of tea. Adjust according to your own tastes. I also love making this Sun Tea, it’s so simple and refreshing.

Having simple cocktails that use just a few ingredients that I can keep on hand is great for last minute get togethers. Black Spiced Rum is one of my favorites for mixing up cocktails, it’s slightly sweet with lots of flavor. 


More Rum Cocktails to Try:

Spiked Apple Cider has just three ingredients, including black spiced rum. It’s great for fall and so easy to make. 

Rum and Ginger Cocktail is another super simple mixed drink. Made with ginger ale and black spiced rum. It’s really refreshing and delicious.

Pineapple Rum Punch is a fruity mixed drink that I love for parties. All it needs is a tiny umbrella and you’ll think you are on the beach.

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Handy Tools for the Home Bartender:

Microplane Bar Tool Has 7 functions in 1 tool! Muddle, stir, strain, garnish, cut, score and peel with just one tool. Make this item your go-to for any drink.

Cocktail Jigger makes it super easy to measure for your favorite cocktails to get that perfect flavor combo! 

Collins Glasses are the glasses I used in the photos for this recipe. Perfect for tea and lemonade too.

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Backyard Sweet Tea

Backyard Sweet Tea is a super simple and tasty rum cocktail for any holiday, party or get together with friends. This is a great mixed drink to have in your recipe box for last minute entertaining. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Beverages
Cuisine: American
Keyword: backyard tea, rum and tea cocktail, rum cocktail
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 243kcal
Author: Milisa


  • 4 ounces Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum
  • 12 ounces sweet tea
  • ice
  • orange peel and fresh mint for garnish optional


  • Fill glasses 3/4 full with ice.
  • Add 2 ounces of Black Spiced Rum to each glass and top with sweet tea.
  • Garnish with a twist of the orange peel and mint if desired.
  • For a large batch, use a 3:1 ratio of sweet tea to rum. Stir well.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Sodium: 3mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g


  1. When you write 3:1 it should either say 1:3 or have the tea and booze listed the other way around. As written it implies a big glass of rum with a little tea.

  2. Gq back in the 80s included this cocktail with dark rum floated over the top. It was called a Washburn back then. Still a great cocktail.

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