Did you know they don’t sell hard alcohol — at all — in supermarkets in Texas?
That last fact would have been *super* helpful last week and would have kept me from:
(1) walking around the Beer and Wine section of the grocery store for a good 15 minutes with a look of bewilderment AND
(2) looking like a completely clueless
and alcoholic tourist when I went up to a store employee and innocently asked where all the hard liquor was.
Fortunately, the nice lady at the store sweetly asked, “You’re not from Texas, are you?”
Nope. Now I know.
After walking to the nearest liquor store
slightly shamed, I had some Sweet Tea Vodka in my hot little hands. That’s right, baby: Sweet Tea Vodka!
If you read my post on Sweet Tea with Mint, you know how I love sweet tea. I just can’t get enough of the stuff.
Well, a couple months ago, Dustin and I heard about a local Austin company called Deep Eddy Vodka that produces Sweet Tea Vodka. I knew I had to try it.
So, I thought: What better way to enjoy sweet tea flavored vodka than in a Hard Sweet Tea, right? Right!
After brewing some black tea and making a simple syrup, I decided to try the Deep Eddy Vodka over ice to see what it was all about. Let me share a little lesson I then learned…
Sweet tea flavored vodka is still … vodka! Needless to say, I took too large a swig (you know me and my sweet tea) and found myself at the sink. Oops. (And, yes, I am well aware I am a complete softie.)
This Hard Sweet Tea is the perfect combination of ice cold sweet tea, vodka, fresh lemon and mint. It’s incredibly refreshing and delicious.
I like to make enough simple syrup and iced tea ahead of time so I can easily make this tasty cocktail on a whim.
So, kick up your feet, take a deep breath and enjoy a Lacey’s “Hard” Sweet Tea as this hot summer comes to a close.
Lacey’s “Hard” Sweet Tea
Makes 1 cocktail
2 oz. Sweet Tea Vodka (produced by Firefly, Seagram, Jeremiah Weed, Burnett’s, Sweet Carolina, Depp Eddy, etc.)
1 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus extra for splash
4 oz. freshly brewed black tea, cold
2-3 fresh mint leaves, whole, plus more for garnish
ice (for shaking and for serving)
sliced lemon, for garnish
To make a simple syrup, combine 1 cup granulated sugar with 1 cup water (or just equal parts, if making more or less) in a medium sauce pan. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until it begins to boil and sugar is completely dissolved. Allow to cool.
In a Cocktail Shaker, add ice, followed by Sweet Tea Vodka, simple syrup, lemon juice and black tea. Top with fresh mint leaves. Close shaker and shake vigorously for about 1 minute, or until condensation starts to appear on the shaker.
Using a strainer, pour mixture over ice in a tall glass. Squeeze a little lemon over cocktail for a splash of lemon. Garnish with a fresh mint leaf or slice of lemon, if desired.