Saturday, June 01, 2013

Smokey Ice tea with Mint and Bourbon (this needs a better name)

Refreshing Beverage of the Week
Smoked tea, mint, and Bourbon — what could possibly go wrong? This makes a pitcher.

4 cups Water, divided
2 tbsp Sugar
4 Lapsang Souchong tea bags (smoked tea)
1 cup Fresh mint leaves
1 1/2 cups Bourbon
Juice of half a lemon
Juice of half a lime
Mint sprig for garnish

In a large saucepan, boil 2 cups of water and the sugar. Remove from the heat and add the tea bags. Steep for 8 minutes and then discard the bags. Add the remaining 2 cups of water. Transfer to a pitcher and chill. Add the mint and crush with a wooden spoon until fragrant. Stir in the remaining ingredients(booze). Serve in tall glasses filled with ice. Garnish each glass with a mint sprig.