August is the Sunday of summer, and we’d be pretty content to spend the rest of it sitting on a porch sipping bourbon-spiked peach iced tea. Unfortunately, we don’t have a porch, but that’s not going to stop us from following through on the iced tea part. If you tackled this homemade Bubble Tea recipe a few weeks ago, you’re ready to expand your cold brew horizons.

Here are eight summer coolers to test out before Labor Day.

The Leland Palmer

Recipe: Bon Appetit

Elevate your day drinking with this Twin Peaks-inspired cocktail, created by Damon Boelte of Brooklyn’s Prime Meats. The mixture of jasmine tea, club soda, citrus, and gin is a Lynchian take on the classic Arnold Palmer: mostly wholesome, with a whiff of psychotic danger. (Photo: Bon Appetit)

Berry, Melon, and Mint Iced Tea

Recipe: Giada De Laurentiis

This is basically a summer fruit salad in liquid form, made with Earl Grey or black tea with an optional charge of prosecco (although club soda will work as well). We’d suggest adjusting the sugar and lemon juice to taste; if you’re using super-ripe fruit, you may not need the added sweetener. (Photo: Food Network)

Iced Chai

Recipe: Gimme Some Oven

If you’re drinking too much iced coffee, chai is a great substitute that has far less caffeine but is still creamy and satisfying. The richly-spiced concentrate in this recipe can be used to make hot or cold versions, and also to flavor desserts like cheesecake, panna cotta, and ice cream. (Photo: Gimme Some Oven)

Chamomile Iced Tea with Apple and Passion Fruit

Recipe: Drizzle and Dip

Chamomile has loads of great benefits—it can improve sleep, soothe anxiety, and ease cramps and stomach aches. It tastes delicious on its own, but this preparation augments the herbal taste with apple juice for sweetness and passion fruit pulp for a tart edge. Use fresh or dried whole flowers if you can get them; otherwise, a teabag will do just fine. (Photo: Drizzle and Dip)

White Tea Sangria

Recipe: Boston Globe

Cold-brew white tea and summer stone fruits balance out the booze in this sangria recipe by Tea Cuvee’s Evy Chen. We love the pro tip to freeze slices of peach, nectarine, apricot, and plum and use them instead of ice cubes to keep the liquid chilled without watering it down. (Photo: Wendy Maeda/ Boston Globe)

Thai Iced Tea

Recipe: Wishful Chef

Just like Thai iced coffee, this is a high-octane beverage with enough sugar and caffeine to give you the jitters. The recipe lets you choose between “restaurant-style” and a less calorific “healthy” version; you can also tone it down by using decaf black tea. But before you do, ask yourself: What would Drake do? (Photo: Wishful Chef)

Iced Green Tea Mojito


Recipe: Paul Abercrombie via The Kitchn

This cocktail is by the author of Organic, Shaken and Stirred, and it essentially replaces the club soda in a mojito with anti-oxidant rich green tea. The Kitchn version encourages you to give it even more of a Japanese twist by adding shiso leaves and yuzu into the mix. (Photo: SkinnyTaste)

Strawberry-Basil Iced Tea

Recipe: Martha Stewart

Pesto isn’t the only way to use up extra basil; pair the leaves with strawberries for a #SummerInAGlass drink that’s totally Instagram-ready. If you’re classy like Martha, you can serve it with pistachios—it’s sure to be the hit of your al fresco dinner party. (Photo: Martha Stewart)