I was born on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. My mom, Izetta, was born in Tennessee and raised in Waterford, Virginia. My dad, Charles Irving, was born in a small town outside of Leesburg, Virginia. Most of my aunts and uncles remained in Virginia. We would drive to the country every Sunday and had wonderful Sunday dinners with relatives. My mom would help cook in their big country kitchens. Nothing says comfort like southern food and. . .good ole' hospitality is truly a southern tradition.
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
4 fresh ripe peaches,
1 cup granulated sugar
Juice of ½ lemon
For Each Mug 2 fresh peaches,
1 lemon sliced into
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
Cover with plastic
wrap and chill until cold.
Serve over ice with
sliced peaches, sliced lemons, and a mint sprig. Serves 4