Thirsty Thursday: Sip on Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea
For the perfect pitcher of something sweet, Southern and spiked, serve up a batch of some seriously tasty iced tea. Freshly brewed black tea is infused with mashed blackberries and mint, resulting in a pretty, purple-hued brew. Then tea time gets serious when each glass of chilled iced tea is crowned with a shot of Kentucky bourbon that lazily floats on top to ensure a kick with each sip. This refreshing medley showcases bourbon’s smoky charm in a fruity, summery sipper.
- 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
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).