Here's a Recipe for Scotch Iced Tea You Never Knew You Needed


Make some lemon iced tea, add a little mint to it, along with some citrus and a few sprigs of thyme, and load it into a French press. Then add scotch. Three ounces of scotch. Let the entire glorious mixture sit for a while, and the herbaceous, savory thyme will round out the smoky, peaty notes in the scotch, creating a highly quaffable beverage. This is the Evolution, and it comes from Sean Potter at Stoke, in Charlotte, NC. There’s enough of it to share with a friend, but no rule saying you have to.

Here’s the complete recipe:


  • 3 oz scotch
  • 1 scoop mint tea
  • 12 oz lemon iced tea*
  • 2 thick lemon wheels
  • 2 thick orange wheels
  • 2 small sprigs thyme, more for garnish
  • Add all ingredients to a French press. Pump press down and leave raised a quarter inch below liquid line.
  • Let steep for one minute.
  • Press pump all the way down, pour serving into a coffee cup, and garnish with a sprig of thyme.
*Lemon Iced Tea


  • 1 liter of tea
  • ½ cup simple syrup
  • 2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Mix tea, simple syrup, and lemon juice together and chill.

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