Here’s the Tea on Lipton Hard Iced Tea

Lipton Hard Iced Tea is here and it’s coming for you, Twisted Tea. If you’ve been craving a boozy version of your favorite canned iced tea, then your prayers have been answered (as long as Lipton is your favorite canned iced tea). 

While Lipton Hard Iced Tea launched in spring of 2023 with Lemon, Half & Half, Peach, and Strawberry, the brand recently released a hard green tea (woohoo!). So, we figured that was as good an excuse as any to sit down to the (nearly) full line up of Lipton Hard Iced Tea flavors and taste through them. Grab a seat on the porch swing and get your best pitcher ready, because here’s our Lipton Hard Iced Tea review.

Lipton Hard Iced Tea Lemon

Lipton Hard Iced Tea!

Lipton Hard Iced Tea Lemon

Lemon Lipton Hard Iced Tea tastes exactly like regular Lemon Lipton Iced Tea. Do you like Lemon Lipton Iced Tea? Then you’re going to be very happy with this authentic, boozy recreation of that very thing. 

Pros: It’s bright and zippy in an artificial lemon sorta way. It actually tastes like tea (most hard teas do not). And it’s not carbonated. That, to me, is a real plus. Hard iced tea should taste like spiked iced tea—not an iced tea spritz. 

Cons: It definitely has Lipton’s signature flavor, which could be a plus if you grew up loving Lipton iced tea. It’s a bit aggressive for me, personally.

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Rating:

7/10

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Lipton Hard Iced Tea Peach

Lipton Hard Iced Tea!

Lipton Hard Iced Tea Peach

If you’re looking for a slightly more Southern take on Lipton Hard Tea, allow me to introduce you to peach-flavored hard Lipton Tea. 

Pros: The peach flavor mellows out the sharp bite of Lipton Hard Iced Tea. It’s not super sweet or super prominent. It’s simply a mellow fruitiness in the background. And, like the Lemon Lipton Hard Iced Tea, this one doesn’t taste spiked at all. It’s dangerous. 

Cons: If you’re looking for a heavy-handed peach flavor, you’re not going to find it here. You still have to like the flavor of classic Lipton Iced Tea to like this hard Lipton Iced Tea.

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Rating:

7.5/10

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Lipton Hard Iced Tea Half & Half

Lipton Hard Iced Tea!

Lipton Hard Iced Tea Half & Half (variety pack only)

If you gave this Lipton Hard Iced Tea to me one day and then two days later gave me the original Lemon Lipton Hard Iced Tea, I’d probably think I’d had two of the same hard iced teas. The only reason I can tell the difference is because I tasted them side-by-side. 

Pros: If you like the Lemon Lipton Hard Iced Tea but wish it was just a bit fruitier, then you’ll like this version. It’s slightly sweeter and more lemonade-y than the original. 

Cons: I took a sip of this Lipton Hard Iced Tea hoping for a serious lemony zing—like you get in a fresh Arnold Palmer. But it tastes more like you poured a splash or two of Crystal Light into Lipton Iced Tea. It’s not different enough from the original Lemon Lipton Hard Iced Tea.

Credit: Liv Averett

Rating:

6.5/10

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Lipton Hard Iced Tea Citrus Green Tea

Lipton Hard Iced Tea!

Lipton Hard Iced Tea Citrus Green Tea

The newest addition to the Lipton Hard Iced Tea line up is also the best Lipton Hard Iced Tea. Everyone who tasted it agreed. This is the one we’ll be running out to buy. 

Pros: It really tastes like green tea! You get that green tea grassiness and bitterness, tamed by some sweet, sweet honey flavor. I would very happily drink a full can of this hard Lipton Iced Tea (a normal sized can, though, not a tallboy, which is available). And, going against what I said earlier, I think this would also be good mixed with a little sparkling water to make a spritz!

Cons: If you don’t like green tea, you won’t like this. It tastes more like actual green tea than an AriZona iced tea. So, if that’s your green tea limit, you should stick with one of the other Lipton Hard Iced Tea flavors. 

Credit: Liv Averett

Rating:

9/10

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About the Author

Justine Sterling

Justine Sterling is the editor-in-chief of Sporked. She has been writing about food and beverages for well over a decade and is an avid at-home cook and snacker. Don’t worry, she’s not a food snob. Sure, she loves a fresh-shucked oyster. But she also will leap at whatever new product Reese’s releases and loves a Tostitos Hint of Lime, even if there is no actual lime in the ingredients.

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