It’s tea time! Get comfy on your hammock, grab your fave chick-lit summer read, and sip casually on a cocktail version of the classic icey drink.
A Pitcher of Berry Peach Lemonade This recipe serves 15 to 20 people. Ingredients: 1 bottle Van Gogh Cool Peach Vodka 1½ cups chilled, Unsweetened Iced Tea 20 Blackberries or Raspberries 1½ cups Lemonade Directions: In a large pitcher, muddle the berries. Add the remaining ingredients into the pitcher with ice. Stir to dilute and chill. Store the pitcher in a refrigerator until you're ready to serve. Serve the tea over ice and garnish with a lemon wheel.
DD-Tea from The Beach at the Dream Downtown in NYC Ingredients: 1 ½ oz. Absolut Wild Tea 1 ½ oz. Stoli Citros 2 oz. Iced Tea ½ oz. Lemon Juice ½ oz. Cardamom Syrup Directions: Shake the drink, strain the drink, and then garnish it with a lemon wedge.
Green Iced Tea, created by tea sommelier James Labe Ingredients: 1 Numi Decaf Ginger Lemon Tea bag 3 oz. fresh Cucumber Juice 1 ½ oz. Tequila Splash of Lemon Juice Directions: Infuse one tea bag in tequila for thirty minutes. Remove the tea bag, squeezing out excess liquid. Combine and stir the rest of the ingredients. Serve on the rocks and garnish with a lime wedge.
Grey Russian, created by James Labe Ingredients: 1 ½ oz. prepared Numi Earl Grey Tea 1 ½ oz. Van Gogh Oranje Vodka Directions: Steep the tea at 4 times the normal strength for two minutes. Remove the tea bag and chill the liquid for later use. Combine and stir the remaining ingredients. Serve on the rocks and garnish with a lemon wedge.
Kusmi's Swimming Pool Ingredients: 2 oz. Gin 1 oz Kusmi Anastasia Tea ¾ tsp Agave ¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice Mint Leaf for Garnish Directions: Steep the Kusmi Anastasia tea leaves in the gin for 30 minutes. Mix the tea-infused gin with the lemon juice and the agave. Serve the cocktail with crushed ice and garnish it with the mint leaf.
Southern Tea Punch Ingredients: 750 mL bottle Hennessy V.S 1 cup Grand Marnier 1 cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice 1 cup Simple Syrup 4 oz. Drysack Sherry 2 quarts Iced Tea 3 oz. Peach Schnapps Directions: All all of the ingredients to a large punch bowl with 1 large ice block. Allow to recipe to chill and then serve. Garnish the drink with lemon, orange wheels, and peach slices.