it is summer in the northern hemisphere. if you are like me and you melt into a grumpy puddle in the summer heat…i may have something for you.
something refreshing, just barely sweet and a little boozy too.
something you can make by the pitcher and that can be sipped through a straw.
let me introduce you to my iced tea cocktail.
last week sean and i ventured north to vancouver, bc, where we biked and walked and ate and drank to our hearts content. one day at lunch, at a restaurant whose name i have forgotten (but, i do know it is on granville island), we ordered a pitcher of liquored-up iced tea. ohmygoodness was it good! refreshing, light, not too sweet and dangerously easy to drink. right then and there i decided we would be recreating this perfect summer cocktail at home.
also, while in vancouver’s yaletown neighborhood, i found my new favorite store…the cross. i’d like to move right in, but i settled on buying a few fun things, including the bejeweled stir stick pictured :)
iced tea cocktail
since we’ve been home…a whopping 5 days…i have made it twice. it’s nice, try it!
i have used tart cherry and cranberry juice in this recipe so far…both are lovely and not too sweet. i can see this being made with any juice of your choice. when we had this in vancouver the alcohol was raspberry flavored vodka. i made it with plain Kettle One and with bourbon…get crazy and do your own thing if you want.
5 cups fresh tea, chilled
3 cups juice
sugar or honey to taste
2 cups (or more!) vodka
pour all ingredients into a pitcher and stir! fresh raspberries or wheels of lemon or lime make a nice garnish :)