Wednesday, July 27, 2016

KENTUCKY BOURBON & PEACH ICED TEA

Summer evenings are the perfect time to enjoy cocktails on your porch. Nothing says southern more than sipping sweet iced tea laced with Kentucky Bourbon with fresh peaches, lemons, and mint. To make four drinks, you will need a total of 6 peaches.


4 cups boiling filtered or spring water
6 black tea bags, I use Luzianne
1 cup Kentucky Bourbon 

Peach Syrup
1 cup filtered or spring water
4 fresh ripe peaches, diced
1 cup granulated sugar
1 3-inch cinnamon stick
Juice of ½ lemon

For Each Mug
2 fresh peaches, sliced
1 lemon sliced into circles
Mint sprigs

In a large heatproof container or large glass-measuring cup, pour boiling water over the tea bags.
Let steep 5 to 6 minutes, then remove tea bags.

In a saucepan, add the water, diced peaches, and sugar
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and mash peaches with a potato masher.
Add cinnamon stick and simmer 5 minutes.
Remove from heat, add lemon juice, cover, and set aside for 30 minutes for flavors to develop.
Discard cinnamon stick and strain syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a glass pitcher.
Gently mash the peaches in the strainer with a rubber spoon or spatula to release all of the juice from the peaches.
Add the cooled tea and bourbon.

Cover with plastic wrap and chill until cold.
Serve over ice with sliced peaches, sliced lemons, and a mint sprig.

Serves 4