I’m not sure we really need an excuse to drink iced tea here in southwest Virginia, but in case we did, here it is: June 10 (today) is National Iced Tea Day.
We’ve talked tea here on the blog before and found it to be a pretty lively topic, particularly the question of whether we like it sweetened or unsweetened. We even took a survey (it’s not active now, but you might find the blog comments interesting at that link). Personally, I’m for lightly sweetened iced tea, not sickeningly sweet and not completely unsweetened, which is the way my hubby likes to drink it.
But for a twist on basic iced tea, how about iced tea cocktails? Tea cocktails became more popular several years ago with the introduction of Firefly sweet tea vodka, but not all tea cocktails call for sweet tea vodka. Some call for other flavors of vodka or other spirits. If you’re looking for an interesting way to incorporate tea into toddy time, check out these recipes (below).
Do you drink a lot of iced tea? Have you ever tried using it in a cocktail?
LA Iced Tea
2 oz. Three Olives Grape Vodka
4 oz. sweetened iced tea
1 lemon wedge
Mix vodka and tea in a glass filled with ice. Garnish with lemon wedge.
– Three Olives Vodka
Black Cherry Iced Tea
1 oz. Canadian Club Classic 12-year Canadian Whiskey
1 oz. Cruzan Black Cherry rum
4 oz. iced tea
Lemon wedge garnish
Combine first three ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with lemon.
1 part Baranjager honey liqueur
2 parts fresh brewed tea
Lemon wedge garnish
Combine liqueur and tea in a glass filled with ice. Garnish with lemon.
Southern Iced Tea Cocktail
1 quart-sized Mason jar or 2 pints
1 oz. light rum
1 oz. vodka
1 oz. gin
4 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice or lemonade
3 oz. unsweetened iced tea
1 to 2 oz. simple syrum
Sprigs of mint and sliced of lemon for garnish
Fill a quart Mason jar or two pints with ice. Add rum, vodka, gin, lemon juice, tea and syrup. Stir thoroughly and adjust sweetness if necessary. Garnish with lemon and mint.