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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What We're Loving Now: Festive Summer Cocktails

As the temperatures rise, there is little better than a refreshing summer thirst-quencher. From cool citrus cocktails to simple southern sweet tea, this season's must-have accessory is the satisfying summery sidekick. Liven those long summer days up with this creative spin on your average summer libation.

Simple Spiked Sun Tea

6 cups water

5 black tea bags (Luzianne preferred)

1/4 cup simple syrup (adjust to taste)

1/2 cup bourbon (adjust to taste)

1 large orange (slice into rounds)

1/2 cup fresh mint


Fill large glass pitcher with water and tea bags. Sit in sun & allow to steep for 2 hours or until desired strength is reached. As the tea steeps, fill an ice cube tray with diced mint, add water and freeze until solid. When tea is ready, remove tea bags and let cool to room temperature. When cooled, add bourbon, simple syrup and mint ice cubes. Mix. Garnish each glass with an orange wheel.

Now is the time to find a rocking chair and a cool breeze....