Grown-Up Sweet Tea

I think I’ve mentioned it before, but for those of you new to North On Harper or prone to skimming my posts (I am under no illusions!), my husband is the GM of a bar/club.  We actually met back when we were both working in another restaurant/bar (he was a bartender, I was a waitress).  As a result, whenever we go to parties, people ask Lukus to make a cocktail.  And since we were talking about cocktail dresses yesterday, I thought it only fitting that I ask him to share one of his recipes with us!

I am excited for Lukus to share this recipe, as he actually won a competition based off of it.  The cocktail?  Grown-Up Sweet Tea.  It is always a party pleaser and sure to impress your guests.  I hope you guys like it!!!

Ingredients (per cocktail):

  • 2 oz Vanilla Vodka (we only had regular- it works, but vanilla is even better!)
  • approx 1 Cup brewed English Breakfast Tea infused with 2 tbsp Honey, cooled
  • 1 tbsp Honey, divided
  • 4 Animal Crackers, crushed
  • 2-3 oz Heavy Cream
  • Ice

Special Tools:

  • Martini Glass
  • Strainer
  • Pint Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker


  • Rim a martini glass with Honey (use about ½ tbsp of the honey).
  • Dip into crushed Animal Crackers.
  • Add Ice, Vodka and 2 oz of Tea/Honey mixture to the shaker.
  • Shake and strain into the Martini glass (fill until ¼ inch from the top).

  • In an emptied shaker (no ice!), add Heavy Cream and remaining Honey.
  • Shake vigorously.
  • Strain onto cocktail.
  • Serve immediately.



  1. Yum! That looks like the perfect drink to sip in the afternoon on sunny deck overlooking the lake! I also like that animal crackers are a key ingredient. 😀

  2. sounds delicious. My mouth actually watered a bit. Does that make me a total alcho? I hope not… :)

  3. This looks drinkalishous!!!!! (I invented a new word Yay!!!!) We dont have animal crackers here – going to try it with amaretto biscotti crushed instead.. :)

  4. I don’t drink much (like maybe 1 a year) and this sounds delicious!!

  5. I LOOOOVVVVE ITTTTTT!!!!! Do you hear me? I LOVE IT!!!

    Yes. I’m screaming, but its for a good reason. I think this drink is completely fabulous. I’m so making this for my husband, who is a long time fan of the Long Island Ice Tea. Bluk. But this. This is pure genius. Also I’m going to post it on my Facebook page cause I think my friends will owe me big.

  6. It really does look good, and I do love a sweet drink. That is a very impressive skill to have too! It can come in handy.

  7. Oh wow, looks like a spring winner!

  8. Wow!! First off, let me just say that you had me at sweet ice tea. And then you were able to make it better. I’m glad that I am planning to stop at the store on the way home. Pure Genius!! Love it!

  9. Looks yummy and kinda fun to make!

  10. Yummy! Tomorrow is my BDay, I may indulge and make this to celebrate. I have a friend who loves trying new drinks, I will forward this to her.

  11. I was wondering what you were going to do with the Animal Crackers? After I read the full post I felt like….Dah,lol

    This sounds like a great cocktail. I will try it next time we have a party. My BFF and I are a big fans of Vanilla Vodka.

  12. I’m not one for sweet tea, but that sounds delicious!

  13. Seriously, vanilla vodka and tea?? Not really my cup of tea, LOL!

  14. I LOVE that you used animal crackers on the edge of the glass! How cute – and how delicious! Can’t wait to try this 😀 Thanks for sharing!

  15. It looks really good! I’m going to file away to try at my next get together. It’ll also work for all those royal shindigs tomorrow what with the English tea & all :-)

  16. AWESOME IDEA!! I have a friend who would love this. I especially like the small touches like rimming with animal crackers and the creamy mix to top it off. Well done!

  17. Neat! Thanks for sharing the drink idea! I can use that for my next get together!

  18. OMG, that sounds and looks wonderful!
    I may have to invest in some extra items on my grocery list this week…

  19. Yummy! Bookmarking this for later!

    Emily from Nap Time Is My Time

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