This Spiked Lemonade Sweet Tea Recipe Has Us Dreaming of Summer

04/11/2016 at 05:54 PM ET

Draper James Lemon Set
Draper James

It may be spring but this unpredictable weather has us dreaming of summer, when sunny days are pretty much a guarantee and we can confidently step outside without our winter coats.

To prep ourselves for bathing suit season, we’re skipping the gym in favor of sipping a drink: spiked lemonade sweet tea. Sophisticated and refreshing, it’s the kind of beverage that puts you in a warmer, happier place, no matter what the temperature is outside.

We’ve got an adults-only recipe that’s easy to make and sure to become your go-to drink well into September. If you want to add an extra bit of sunshine, serve it to your guests in Draper James’ (yes, Reese Witherspoon’s brand!) festive lemon-print pitcher and tumbler set and matching citrus-print tray. And don’t forget to garnish with lemon or pineapple slices for an Insta-worthy finish!

Spiked Lemonade Sweet Tea

3 cups water

2 large tea bags (family size)

1 cup fresh mint leaves (loosely packed)

1/2 cup sugar

4 cups cold water

1/2 can of frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed (about 12 oz.)

1 cup bourbon (or spiced dark rum)

Pineapple and lemon slices (for garnish)

1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil. Once it begins to bubble, remove from heat and add the tea bags and fresh mint, then cover. Steep for 10 minutes.

2. After the tea has brewed, remove the tea bags and mint. Stir in sugar until it dissolves.

3. Pour the sugared tea into a large container, add in the 4 cups cold water and lemonade concentrate.

4. Stir in bourbon or spiced dark rum, then pour tea into a pitcher or glasses filled with ice. Garnish with pineapple or lemon.

Buy It! Draper James Lemon Tumbler Set, $28; Printed Lemon Pitcher, $22; Lemon Melamine Tray, $28;

Johnni Macke

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Thanks for the post. It is really good. But I love coffee. coffee is one of my favorite drink. I am a great coffee lover. I love to drink coffee everyday. Relaxed time, I am sitting on balcony with espresso coffee. I really love it too much. Thanks for the post.

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