This spin on the classic Kentucky Cousin replaces black tea with Lemon Cherry Green Tea giving it a refreshing and light take on a spiked sweet tea

I have partnered with Cost Plus World Market to bring you this delicious Green Tea Kentucky Cousin cocktail!  It’s a refreshed version of the regular Kentucky Cousin sweet tea drink.  Replacing the heavy cherry heering and black tea with a delicious Lemon Cherry Green Tea.  This sweet tea is light and refreshing and of course, spiked!

Green Tea Kentucky Cousin Cocktail
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So before I get to this delicious cocktail I have to tell you where my inspiration came from.  Back in high school at my very first job that wasn’t babysitting, we were only allowed to listen to country music because it was family friendly.   My new job started about the same time that Faith Hill released her song, “This Kiss”.  I quickly jumped on the country bandwagon.  My girlfriends and I would go get giant sweet teas from McD’s  and cruise around town blasting Faith Hill on her car stereo!  (you know the CD players where the faces popped off? <—Yeah it was THAT long ago!)

Lemon Cherry Mint Green Tea Cocktail

Faith Hill also happened to be the very first concert I ever attended!  Country Music and sweet tea hold a special place in my heart!  With that said, we are all adults now and in honor of “The CMA Awards” coming up, I am having my girlfriends over for adult sweet teas and we can watch the current country stars perform and reminisce and show that we still, in fact, know every word to Faith’s songs!

Green Tea Kentucky Cousin Cocktails

When planning for the night I obviously needed to incorporate the tea part in the night and the Kentucky Cousin seemed like a great idea, however, I, of course, had to put my own spin on it and it turned out delicious!    Everything you need for your own girls night for “The CMA Awards” as well as ingredients for this Green Tea Kentucky Cousin can be found at your local World Market store!   They have can show you how  to stock your bar cart, my favorite bar accessories and fun cocktail mixes!  One stop shopping for your entertaining!

Ingredients for Green Tea Kentucky Cousin Cocktail

I even picked up these ADORABLE tea tins that I filled with the Lemon, Cherry Green Tea bags and paired with a cute little tea bag rest that I will send home with my girlfriends!!!

Tea Tins and Tea Bag Rests as Attendance Gifts

How to Make a Green Tea Kentucky Cousin Cocktail:

Now onto the delicious recipe!  For starters, I brewed this amazing Lemon Cherry Green Tea from Mighty Leaf.  Oh. My. Goodness.  I want to use these tea bags as an air freshener.  They smell so awesome!

Lemon Cherry Green Tea Bags

You can actually see the lemon peels in the tea bags!

Mighty Leave Lemon Cherry Green Tea

I placed 4 tea bags in 4 cups of boiling water and steeped for 3 minutes!

Brew your Green Tea - Kentucky Cousin Cocktail

Once that tea was cool, I added 1 mint leaf, 1 maraschino cherry and the simple syrup into a cocktail shaker and muddled them all together.

Muddle Cherry, Mint, Simple Syrup together in shaker

Next, I added a glass full of ice, bourbon and 1 cup of this tea into a cocktail shaker,

Ice Bourbon and Green Teaand shake, shake. shake!

Boston Style Cocktail Shaker

Pour back into your glass and I garnished with a mint leaf, lemon slice and a cherry skewer on these cute little knotted bamboo skewers.
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Green Tea Kentucky Cousin Recipe

YIELD 1 glass

Green Tea Kentucky Cousin Cocktail

PREP TIME 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME 5 minutes
This spin on the classic Kentucky Cousin replaces black tea with Lemon Cherry Green Tea giving it a refreshing and light take on a spiked sweet tea
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  • 8 ounces Lemon Cherry Green Tea, Mighty Leaf
  • 1 ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1.5 ounces Bourbon, Maker's Mark
  • 1 each Mint leaf, (extra for garnish)
  • 1 each Maraschino Cherry, (extra for garnish)
  • 1 each lemon slice
  • ice


  • Muddle Mint Leaf, Cherry and Simple Syrup in a cocktail shaker.
  • Add Ice, Tea, Bourbon to shaker and shake until chilled
  • Pour into Highball glass and garnish with lemon slice, cherries and mint leaf if desired.


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