Sweet Tea Vodka Martini with Mint + Lime is a delicious combo of sweet tea vodka, homemade mint simple syrup, and lime for a refreshing summer cocktail!
So what do you do when the cute little mint plants in your herb garden exponentially grow until they threaten to hijack the whole flower bed? Why, you make a plethora of mint-infused simple syrup, of course. And what do you do when it’s a summery Friday night and you have a jar of said syrup staring you down every time you open the fridge? Well, I say you invent an adult beverage to make use of some of that minty goodness. Introducing…the Sweet Tea Vodka Martini with Mint + Lime!
The obvious cocktail choice to incorporate mint, of course, would be mojitos. And while those are certainly on the rotation around here, drinking the aforementioned mint syrup in my iced tea made me think it might be fun to come up with a spiked version.
Sweet Tea Vodka Inspo
If you’re from the south, odds are you have sweet tea coursing through your veins. And I don’t know if you’ve tried sweet tea vodka yet, but it’s the perfect cocktail base for those who like sweet tea and, well, vodka. The only problem is that it tastes like the former more than the latter. So pace yourself with these and don’t say I didn’t warn ya!
While the minty sweet tea flavors could certainly stand on their own, I think that a kick of lime adds a nice dimension. All that sweet can benefit from a little tart.
A sweet tea martini would be delicious by the pool, at a barbecue, or even just relaxing at home at the end of a long day. And while I coined this concoction a “martini” and strained out the ice with a cocktail shaker, I think it would be equally refreshing served in a tall glass with lots of ice. You know, like sweet tea!
Enjoy your Friday, enjoy your summer, and enjoy your Sweet Tea Vodka Martinis with Mint + Lime! I’d love to hear what you think of this recipe in the comments section!
Sweet Tea Vodka Martini Recipe
Sweet Tea Vodka Martini with Mint + Lime
FOR THE MINT SIMPLE SYRUP (yields 1 1/2 cups)
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup mint leaves
FOR EACH MARTINI:
- 1 ounce sweet tea vodka
- 1 ounce Mint Simple Syrup
- 4 ounces seltzer, chilled
- Quarter of a lime
- Fresh mint sprig, optional
- Chill your martini glass by placing it in the freezer.
PREPARE THE SIMPLE SYRUP (a few hours ahead of time):
- Combine the water and sugar in a small pot. Set the pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar dissolves and then remove pot from the heat. Add the mint and allow to steep until the syrup has cooled.
- Strain and discard the mint leaves, pour the syrup into an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
PREPARE THE MARTINI:
- Add the vodka and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker, fill halfway with ice, and shake for about 30 seconds. Strain the mixture into chilled martini glass. Top with seltzer (more or less, to taste). Cut lime quarter in half and squeeze lime juice from one wedge into the drink. Garnish the glass with the other lime wedge and, if desired, sprig of fresh mint.