Sweet tea is as essential to summer as fireflies, campfires, and dips in a pool. And bourbon is, well, bourbon. Seems like a fitting combination for a summer weekend cocktail, don't you think?
This tippling project was inspired by Firefly Vodka, a tea-infused and sweetened vodka that friends of ours used to bring to our beach house every summer. Refreshing over ice or dangerously easy to swig straight from the bottle, it's the perfect drink for hot, summery, silly beach nights - lightly sweet and refreshing (but packing a serious punch). But I'm not a huge vodka drinker myself...plus when it comes to sweetening something, I like the idea of doing it myself, so I know just what type and amount of sugar is being used. And thus began my Googling of "tea-infused bourbon." As it turns out, mixologists have steeped all kinds of teas in all kinds of liquors.
This is how I did mine:
Bourbon seemed the logical choice, since it's as much of a Southern American staple as sweet tea is, after all. Now this might not be what my grandma had in mind when she got me hooked on jugs of her delicious sweet tea, but I made this pretty much exactly how I make sweet tea...just using bourbon instead of water.
This boozed up version of a classic summer refreshment would be delicious mixed with lemonade, for a feisty take on an Arnold Palmer. You could mix it with peach juice or a splash of club soda, or simply enjoy it on the rocks with a lemon wheel. Since my current pregnancy situation inhibits me from having some myself, I'd like to encourage you all to have a little extra for me...in fact, have a silly, steamy, summer night and swig it straight from the bottle. Just maybe don't tell Grandma...
(all photos, jamie grill photography)