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sweet tea and bourbon

March 27, 2013 | cheers | Comments

Who’s dreaming of sitting on a giant wraparound porch in the south with a book and chilled glass of spiked sweet tea? Me, me! I’ve had the south on my mind as Zan and I have been contemplating a trip to New Orleans or maybe Charleston… two charming cities I’ve yet to visit. Probably because I’m afraid the delightful cobblestone roads and southern charm will hold me back from ever leaving. Yes, I’m that girl who reads all of Nicholas Sparks’ books… I just can’t help it! Anyway, since country living has been on my mind and the weather in LA has been absolutely perfect, I was craving this cocktail. It’s a great beverage for entertaining because the tea can be made before your friends arrive and all you have to do is add an ounce of bourbon and a dash of lemon juice to a tall glass. It’s one easy and refreshing beverage! Read more for the recipe…

 

Sweet Tea and Bourbon Cocktail
1 cup homemade sweet tea (recipe below)
1 ounce bourbon
1 lemon wedge
Mint leaves to garnish

Directions:
Add the tea, bourbon and lemon juice in a tall glass and stir. Top with ice, mint leaves and a lemon wedge. Serve ice cold

 

Sweet Tea Recipe
8 bags black tea
3 cups boiling water
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons sugar (you can add as much or little as you desire to sweeten your tea)
10 mint leaves
3 cups cold water

 

Directions:
Boil 3 cups water, then remove from the heat and add 8 tea bags and mint leaves to steep. Cover and let them sit for 15 minutes. While the tea is still hot, add in the sugar and stir until dissolved. Then add in the cool water and mix. Pour the tea into a pitcher or tall jar to store in the refrigerator until cooled.

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