I used to think of myself as strictly a coffee only girl, but things have definitely changed. I sometimes still have a coffee in the morning or if I’m out with friends, but I’m predominately a tea drinker these days!
I have a problem walking past T2, but an even bigger problem if I end up walking in. This photo only shows part of my collection *blush!* If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll know that I love tea in all manner of desserts, from earl grey ice cream to chai doughnuts, but I am always intrigued when I see tea used in cocktails.
Last summer I started making iced tea regularly because it was so delicious and refreshing, and I couldn’t help but think that some kinds of tea would be awesome with a few shots of booze – because what isn’t improved with booze, really? – and served as a pitcher cocktail.
The possibilities are endless of course – a fruity tisane with vodka, lemons and strawberry pieces, or a twist on the mint julep with peppermint tea, bourbon and fresh mint (I can tell you that this is in fact delicious!)
For this month’s Thursday Tipples post, I experimented with a vanilla black tea combined with peaches, spiced rum, vodka and a little Cointreau, and it turned out even better than I’d hoped. This drink feels very summery because of the peaches, and I loved the subtle spices that came through from the tea and the rum.
So here’s something to do this weekend… Make a big pitcher of tipsy iced tea and drink this with friends at sunset, sitting on the balcony or out in the backyard – perfect! You can thank me on Monday 😉
Tipsy Peach Iced Tea
Makes a 2 litre pitcher
Original recipe by Spicyicecream
- 3 heaped tablespoons T2 Madagascan Vanilla (or other loose leaf black tea)
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 ripe peaches, cut into eighths
- 60ml vodka
- 60ml spiced rum
- 30ml Cointreau
- Ice cubes and lemonade or soda to top up