Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea

TOTAL TIME: 3 hr 10 min
Prep: 5 min
Inactive Prep: 3 hr
Cook: 5 min
 
YIELD: About 1 1/2 quarts
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh blackberries
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 1/2 quarts cold water
  • 6 good quality black tea bags
  • Ice, as needed
  • Good quality bourbon, to taste (recommended: Woodford Reserve)
  • Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
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Directions

Combine the blackberries, sugar, and coarsely chopped mint in a large bowl and mash with a potato masher or wooden spoon and let sit while making the tea.

While the blackberries are macerating, bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan, remove from the heat, add the tea bags and let steep for about 3 minutes. Remove the bags and pour the tea over the blackberry mixture. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour for the flavors to meld.

Pour the mixture through a strainer into a pitcher, pressing on the solids, cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 2 hours. Cook's Note: You can also pour the mixture into a bowl set inside an ice bath to cool the mixture faster.

Serve the blackberry tea over ice in tall glasses and float a shot of bourbon on top and garnish with lots of fresh mint sprigs...(like a Mint Julep).

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