Is there anything more Southern than sweet tea and bourbon? Well, what if you were to mix these two together that make the ultimate Southern sipper. Pretty ingenious, right? Well this cocktail is prefect for a Sunday brunch or just simply enjoying it on a porch on a summer day…..but remember you must be over 21 to enjoy this refreshing cocktail.
Makes 1 large pitcher, serves 6 – 8
Mint Simple Syrup:
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
For the tea:
3 cups water
2 or 3 black tea bags of good-quality black tea, such as City Harvest Black Tea
For the Cocktail:
1 lemon, sliced into wedges
1 lime, sliced into wedges
1 orange, sliced into wedges
1 cup Woodford Reserve® Bourbon
Ice cubes, for serving
Fresh mint sprig, for garnish
Lemon wheels, for garnish
For the mint syrup: Combine the sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook until the sugar has melted. Stir in the mint and let steep 30 minutes. Strain the mint leaves and set aside.
To make the tea: Combine the water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour the mint syrup into a large jar. Add the tea bags to the jar and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how strong you want your tea. If you like your tea very strong, leave the bags in the tea for 8 to 12 hours or overnight in the refrigerator, if desired.
Remove the tea bags and add the lemon, lime, and orange wedges. Pour in the bourbon. Cover the jar and chill.
For the cocktail: Rub the orange slice around the rim of highball glass and fill with ice. Pour the cocktail over the ice and garnish with the mint sprig and a lemon wheel.
A note on serving: Avoid adding ice directly to the pitcher, as it will dilute the cocktail.