Friday, June 4, 2010

Weekend Cocktails - Southern Iced Tea Cocktail

A very refreshing adult beverage, this cocktail is somewhat of a cross between a Long Island Iced Tea and an Arnold Palmer. A perfect beverage for porch sittin'!

Southern Iced Tea Cocktail

With summer unofficially here, and certainly by mother nature's standards, I set out to make a refreshing weekend cocktail perfect for hanging out on the porch under the ceiling fan and with the absolute intention that it needed to be composed of southern iced tea in some manner.

There is truly nothing in this part of The South that refreshes and cools you down on a hot day like a cold glass of iced tea, and while some southerners skip the lemon, there are others of us that feel it is a natural extension of the beverage. To me, the tartness of the lemon against the sweetness of the tea are just a perfect marriage, so I knew this cocktail had to also contain those elements. I started with using just one liquor, but found the drink to be far too flat, so I experimented a bit until I found this mixture of clear liquors that worked perfectly and of course, some simple syrup to add the sweetness.

Sort of a mix between a Long Island Iced Tea and an Arnold Palmer, what resulted was a wonderfully refreshing cocktail, perfect for kicking off the weekend.  Park yourself in a comfy chair, kick off your shoes, put your feet up and sip on this while you listen to the sounds of the evening roll in. As easy as this goes down, be careful though.  This one will sneak up on you. Use pint sized Mason jars, if you prefer to share.

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Recipe: Southern Iced Tea Cocktail

©An Original from the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min | Yield: 1 or 2 servings

  • 1 quart size Mason jar, or 2 pints
  • 1 ounce of light rum
  • 1 ounce of vodka
  • 1 ounce of gin
  • 4 ounces of freshly squeezed lemon juice or lemonade
  • 3 ounces of unsweetened iced tea recipe
  • 1 to 2 ounces of simple syrup, to taste
  • Sprigs of mint, for garnish
  • Slices of lemon, for garnish

Fill a quart Mason jar with ice.  Add the rum, vodka and gin, lemon juice or lemonade, iced tea and simple syrup.  Stir thoroughly, taste and adjust sweetness if needed; garnish with a slice of lemon and sprig of mint. As always, drink responsibly and don't drink and drive.

Makes one, unless you feel like sharin'.

Cook's Notes: I made one recipe of iced tea, except I did not pour it over ice into a pitcher. Simply remove the tea bags and use the unsweetened concentrate in the cocktail. For a quick substitute, I recommend Milo's tea and lemonade. May substitute sweet and sour mix for the lemon/lemonade.

Classic Long Island Iced Tea: Prepare as above except omit the unsweetened tea, or use a sweet tea vodka, use sweet and sour mix in place of the lemon/lemonade and add an ounce of tequila. Finish with a splash of Coca Cola for color, although to dilute the alcohol further, you may use more Coke.

Tipsy Palmer: Omit rum, vodka and gin, substituting bourbon, Maker's Mark recommended.


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