Prohibition Sweet Tea

A lightly spiked take on classic Southern Sweet tea. For the tea, use orange pekoe, or black tea such as our Keemun Lupin. The lemon juice is optionalas it just adds some brightness to this brunch drink.Sleepy Leaf - Prohibition Sweet Tea


  • 2 cups strong brewed black tea, chilled
  • 1 cup ice, plus additional for serving 3/4 cup rum
  • 10 tablespoons cane syrup (see note below)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed juice from 2 to 3 lemons (optional)
  • Garnish: 4 lemon wedges


Note: To make cane syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup raw cane sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using.



Mix the tea, ice, rum, cane syrup, and lemon (if using) in a large pitcher just before serving. Stir well and serve in ice-filled glasses, garnished with a lemon wedge.