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A refreshing, yet intoxicating alcoholic drink. Enjoy this summer drink all year long.

4 people made this

IngredientsServes: 1

  • 3 tablespoons Kentucky bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon triple sec or Grand Marnier liqueur
  • 125ml still lemonade
  • 4 tablespoons lemonade
  • 1 wedge lemon

MethodPrep:5min ›Ready in:5min

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine whisky, triple sec and lemonades. Shake until mixed, then pour into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with lemon wedge.

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by lovestohost

This drink screams spring to me. Yesterday was our first warm day of 2013 and I made this while preparing dinner. It was refreshing and delicious. The only change I made was no Triple Sec because we don't have any. This will be a repeater at our house. I did find I prefer it was a bit more Diet 7-Up. CHEERS, STINKYKG!-12 Mar 2013

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Sweet Texas Tea

Usually iced, most often sweet, tea is as beloved a refreshment in the South as the mint julep. It just usually doesn’t go into a julep. But at Bernadine’s, a restaurant in northwest Houston, bar director Leslie Ross does just that with her riff on the Prescription Julep, which is itself a cognac-and-rye-based version of the classic. Ross gives it a second twist by adding sorghum molasses infused with a smoky Earl Grey tea.

Tea—gentle, genteel, soothing—seems the exact opposite of today’s headstrong cocktail culture. Yet increasingly resourceful bartenders are turning to tea to add nuanced flavor and complexity to their drinks. And because it comes in such a wide variety these days thanks to the recent growth in specialty blenders and purveyors, they’re finding it makes an especially versatile weapon in their behind-the-bar arsenal. “I look at tea as an entire flavor bank,” Ross says. “If I’m looking for a certain profile, I can find it with tea.”

That tea and alcohol can play nicely together is not in itself a revelation. Tea was a common ingredient in the batched libations popular during the early days of American independence. Booze-heavy punches would be stretched out with tea instead of water to give them a fuller, richer flavor. With the rise of the modern cocktail in the late nineteenth century, punches—and tea—largely disappeared from the bar. But as antique punches have seen a revival, so too has their longtime companion. And if it can work in a punch, why not a cocktail?

At Empire State South in Atlanta, Kellie Thorn uses tea to push a drink toward either darker or lighter notes. “Black teas are roastier, more earthy,” she says, “while green teas are drier, more floral, and can even take on an ocean-like, salty flavor.” One of her most popular concoctions is Smitty’s Grande Tea, a combination of bourbon, lemon juice, Benedictine, and simple syrup with a teaspoon of Golden Assam, a rich and malty Indian black tea with notes of honey.

Then there are the herbal varieties. When Matt Tocco, the head bartender at Nashville’s Pinewood Social, makes a whiskey sour—generally bourbon, sugar, lemon juice, and egg white—he steeps Weller Special Reserve in something not often seen around Southern bars: chamomile tea. Unusual, but compelling—the chamomile gives the drink a light, warming overtone, sanding down the edge of the whiskey and pulling back on the drink’s sweetness.

And while you’ve surely had iced tea, how about tea ice? Jayce McConnell, the head bartender at Edmund’s Oast in Charleston, South Carolina, makes a drink called the Red Wedding, in which he freezes a blend of sweet tea, hibiscus, ginger, and thyme into cubes and places them in a mix of Elijah Craig twelve-year-old bourbon, Averna (a sweet Italian liqueur), and muddled orange peel. As the cubes melt, the cocktail’s flavor transforms. “It’s boozy and bracing at first,” McConnell says, “but as you go, it gets more spicy and tannic.”

You don’t have to mess with infusions and ice cubes, however, to bring tea to a cocktail. Boiling it down to a simple syrup can make an excellent complement to whiskey-based drinks. Take Sweet Texas Tea (see recipe), an aptly named libation from Eric Brooks, the bar manager at CBD Provisions in Dallas. Brooks combines a sweet-tea-based syrup with lemon, mint, and a healthy pour of bourbon for a more potent take on the South’s quencher of choice.

“Tea and bourbon just go together,” Brooks says. “Tea brings a nice herbal component, and it’s really friendly. When you see tea in a drink, you know it’s going to be refreshing and delicious.”

Cheddar’s Texas Tea Recipe

I love Long Island Iced Teas. I’ve learned, though, that you want to take your time and enjoy them – otherwise, your body will remind you just how much liquor you have consumed… So anyway, our local Cheddar’s restaurant has a Texas Tea on their menu that is just awesome (and cheap)! And me being the Junior Alcoholic that I am, I had to go figure out how to make it.

You’ll need a 16 oz or larger glass for this – I use pint mason jars. First thing you’ll do is fill the glass halfway with lemonade. If you use powdered lemonade, that will be 1 rounded tablespoon of powder (check your directions to make sure) in 8 oz of water. Then add 1 oz of amaretto, 1 oz of vodka (taste doesn’t matter here – but you want something that won’t leave you hungover in the morning), and 2.5 oz of Firefly Sweet Tea vodka. Stir gently and add ice to chill. Make sure that you drink plenty of water before you go to bed – this one can hurt if you consume too much or too quickly!

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Here I am Googling “Texas Tea” to find out how similar all of the recipes are and to see whether I’m working from a one of a kind recipe, and lo and behold, every other form of Texas Tea is made of a bathtub full of booze and one can of Coke. I hate to disappoint. But, this is a decidedly G-rated version of Texas Tea. Although, it should have claim to the name on the grounds that it actually contains TEA. But, rest assured, even this version would probably be awesome with a tiny bit of hooch in it. But I’ll leave that up to you.

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  • 2 2/3 cups grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 Tbs agave nectar (can also substitute honey or simple syrup)
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Southern sweet tea cocktail. Whiskey. Lemon juice. It’s like the most sublime summertime take on a hot toddy you can imagine. Pass us another, please. Originally published July 3, 2014.Renee Schettler Rossi

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In the book in which we found this spectacular sweet tea cocktail recipe, author Anne Stiles Quatrano shares how the sweet tea cocktail is served in the South…

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