Sweet Tea Punch
If you have been following my Spirits recipes over the past few years, then you know I am partial to vodka. But since bourbon is such a trend, especially here in the South, I felt like I needed to get on board with it and create a recipe for you readers. I have sampled many bourbons, even attended bourbon festivals and tastings, yet, to me, bourbon is too strong and bitter.
I was determined to create a bourbon-based cocktail that preserves its distinct flavor yet is something I actually like to drink. I knew I would add some sweetness, but it also needed something else. And then it hit me: My favorite drink — sweet tea!
Using my spouse as the guinea pig, I created a recipe combining bourbon and sweet tea, to rave reviews, I might add. I have since made it in large batches for birthday parties and family gatherings and it has been a hit. This ultimate Southern sipper is a little sweet and a little sassy, just like me!
I grew up in the South, so the only tea I know is brewed on the stove using hot water, tea bags and loads of sugar, and that is the way my spouse likes it too. For this drink I brew my own tea. Feel free to purchase your favorite bottled tea if you do not wish to make it at home.
Be forewarned when drinking this cocktail in the evening. I learned the hard way when we were sipping on this concoction, thinking it was the perfect night cap — until later I could not fall asleep. Then it dawned on me about the caffeine content of the tea. Definitely use decaffeinated tea if you want to drink this as your nighttime toddy. I hope you enjoy this as much as my family and I have!