There I go with the inappropriate joking again. Somebody stop me! Or encourage me… I’m needy like that.
This isn’t about me, though. This is about a light, refreshing, delicious and fresh-tasting summer drink.
First, brew some black tea. There’s caffeine in this… Don’t feed it to your caffeine-sensitive boyfriend in the early evening hours like I did.
Line up the produce. The original recipe I used called for a fresh orange… And it was delicious when I made it like that the first time. It also called for more water and less bourbon, but I like stronger tea and more booze. The peach swap was just for funsies. Both were delicious.
Honey (I shrunk the kids but I made you a delicious cocktail)!
While it cools, you can muddle your bourbon-honey-peach-mint mixture and let it infuse for a while. I haven’t conducted the experiments to prove this makes things better, but it can’t hurt. Mash everything up well.
Peach is thick and pulpy–you may have to resort to using a strainer and pushing the liquid through.
Bourbon Sweet Tea Cocktails
(adapted from Joy the Baker)
4 cups water
4 black tea bags
1/4 cup of honey
3/4 cup of bourbon
1 ripe peach, sliced
8-10 fresh mint sprigs
Boil your water, take it off the stove and put tea bags in. Steep tea for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags, pour the tea into a pitcher and let it cool completely in the fridge.
Put the bourbon, honey, peach slices and mint in a cocktail shaker and muddle everything well. Once the tea is cooled, strain this mixture into the tea and stir well. Pour over ice and garnish with mint. You know… If you want and everything.
Makes about 4 cocktails, or one pre-AA aperitif. (I literally cannot stop saying things like this… Is there a Terrible People Anonymous anywhere? There should be… Oh lord.)