Prohibition Sweet Tea Recipe

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Wes Rowe

A lightly spiked take on classic Southern Sweet tea from Edward Calhoun of Southpaw BBQ in San Francisco. For the tea, use any brand of orange pekoe, or regular black Lipton tea bags. The lemon juice is optional, depending on your taste—some folks would never add lemon to sweet tea, but we like the brightness it adds to this brunch drink.

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. Syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Recipe Details

Prohibition Sweet Tea Recipe

Active 5 mins
Total 20 mins
Serves 4 servings


  • 2 cups strong brewed black tea, chilled

  • 1 cup ice, plus additional for serving

  • 3/4 cup rum (such as 10 Cane)

  • 10 tablespoons cane syrup (see note)

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed juice from 2 to 3 lemons (optional)

  • Garnish: 4 lemon wedges


  1. Combine 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.

Special equipment

mixing glass

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
284 Calories
1g Fat
53g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 284
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 36mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 42g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 89mg 445%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 290mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)