Author and former Gramercy Tavern managing partner Nick Mautone, likes to serve this drink as a summer refresher over ice in a tall glass. But we think it’s strong enough to use as a party punch and serve in 2-ounce portions over ice.

This recipe was featured as part of both our Spicy Holiday Cocktail Party menu and our Picnic Recipes photo gallery. For a refreshing, non-alcoholic option, try our easy Arnold Palmer tea recipe.

Game plan: The tea, sake, rum, and syrup can be combined ahead of time and kept covered in the refrigerator. Prior to serving, add ice and stir.

  • Yield: 10 tall drinks or 20 to 30 shots
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: Under 5 mins 
  • Active: Under 5 mins 

Ingredients (7)

  • 4 cups Basic Iced Tea, made with good-quality green tea and without simple syrup
  • 1/2 cup filtered sake, such as Gekkeikan
  • 1/2 cup light rum
  • 1/2 cup Ginger Syrup
  • Ice
  • Grated orange zest, for garnish
  • Crystallized ginger, for garnish


  1. Combine iced tea, sake, rum, and syrup in a large pitcher with ice. Taste and add more syrup if desired.
  2. Pour into iced tea glasses over ice and sprinkle orange zest on top. Float a piece of crystallized ginger on top and serve.