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20 Refreshing Tea Cocktails for Springtime Sippin’

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There’s sunshine in the air, or at least, later into the afternoon. With the new light of Daylight Savings to remind us just how close summer is, it’s all we can do not to hop on the next flight to some balmy tropical locale (or, you know, the community pool). To help us all ease into into these warmer climes, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite tea and tea-infused cocktails to thaw our tired, frigid hearts. More backyard-friendly than Irish Coffees, but not quite so “SPRING BREAAAAAKKKK!1!!!” as margaritas, they’re just the things to transport us to warmer, simpler days. Or at least make it taste like it.

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Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktails

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Recipe: Joy the Baker

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Gin and Peppermint Tea

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Recipe: Home Cooking Adventure

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Jack’s Tennessee Sweet Tea

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Recipe: Slow Roasted Italian

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Russian Iced Tea

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Recipe: Sprinkles and Sauce

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Tipsy Peach Iced Tea

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Recipe: Spicy Ice Cream

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Sparkling Green Tea Cocktail

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Recipe: Food Fashion and Fun

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Amaretto Green Tea Boba

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Recipe: Fake Food Free

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Naples Fruit Tea Cocktail

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Recipe: Erin’s Food Files

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Tipsy Lemonade Iced Tea

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Recipe: Family Fresh Cooking

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Bergamot Iced Tea Cocktail

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Recipe: Baked Bree

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Secret Garden Iced Tea Cocktail

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Recipe: Chin Deep

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Mardi Gras Bourbon Green Tea

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Recipe: Living in Vogue

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Ginger Green Tea Cocktail

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Recipe: YumSugar

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Noto-Cello Tea

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Recipe: Bobbies Baking Blog

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Apple Spice Tea

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Recipe: Wandering Spice

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Pomegranate, Sweet Tea, and Gin

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Recipe: Around My Family Table

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Golden Jasmine Martini

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Recipe: Food Blog and The Dog

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Smoky Iced Tea and Whisky

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Recipe: Serious Eats

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The Anne Marie

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Recipe: Wasabi Prime

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Earl Grey Gin

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Recipe: The Framed Table

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This Weather-Reflecting Tea Cup Is Perfect for Brooding

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There’s a singular, understated joy one discovers while sitting down in quiet living rooms and staring outside and sipping cups of tea – a level of contemplation which, though probably unfamiliar to the Starbucks to-go Frappuccino set, is nevertheless perfectly suited to more introspective activities such as, say, watching your tea cup predict the weather. Well, predict the weather that’s already happening, anyway.

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Created by a freelancer based in – (where else?) – London, UK, this “Storm in a Teacup” concept device was designed to reflect three current weather conditions using lights, fans and steaming, sputtering . . . things. A fan on the accompanying teaspoon spins at varying intensities to reflect wind speed, an array of lights inside the cup change in brightness to mimic sunlight and when it rains, the teacup can produce clouds, rain and even lightning if it wants to. In other words, this teacup is one bad b*tch.

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Of course, the existing copy isn’t super-clear as to how the cup determines exactly what the “local weather conditions” are and since it is just a concept design, it doesn’t look like it’ll be available commercially anytime soon. Many commenters over at Design Taxi, moreover, have cried “Vids or it didn’t happen!” but a quick web search reveals no such video currently exists.

Still, if you watch the GIF below and imagine really, really hard, you can kind of guess what this thing would look like in action. It’s practically the same thing.

H/T + PicThx Design Taxi