Iced tea cocktail

Iced tea cocktail

The invention of iced tea, attributed to an astute vendor at the St. Louis World’s Fair towards the end of the 19th century has become a multimillion-dollar North American industry.

This vendor observed that hot tea was selling poorly during hot weather and hit upon the idea of making it strong and serving cold.

Ever since iced tea has become a classic thirst quencher. Adding alcohol transforms it into a refreshing cocktail, suitable for anytime of the year, especially on hot summer days. Preparing iced tea is easy> Steep the tea a day in advance, to extract maximum flavour. Use loose tea leaves if possible. Tea bags are best steeped into lukewarm water or room temperature water and refrigerated overnight to extract flavour.

With so many varieties of tea on teh market toady, the possibilities are endless.

Below find an alcoholic iced tea recipe to render your weekends more pleasant.

Orange Blossom Iced Tea

Yield 10 portions

1 litre of water
50 ml of granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean, scraped
1 litre of orange juice
1 cup freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
12 spiced mandarin herbal tea bags
½ tsp orange blossom water (optional)
1 cup gin
Garnish with orange slice

Bring water, sugar, and vanilla bean to a boil. Remove pan from heat and cool.
Pour mixture in a glass jar add orange- and grapefruit juices, plus all
the tea bags. Stir to combine, cover and refrigerate overnight.
Remove tea bags, squeeze them over the pitcher and discard. When ready to serve, add gin and orange blossom water.
Garnish with orange slice

One Comment

  1. Sounds really good. I’m going to try it over this summer. Thanks.