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That’s right. Grab THE BIGGEST pitcher you’ve got in the house. Doesn’t need to be a pretty one unless you’re entertaining, of course. The cocktail I’m sharing isn’t anything new, but it damn sure is an old awesome standby which most of us admittedly would rather sip on than something fancy with an olive right now because it’s hotter than Hades outside. Temperatures here in Charleston are exceeding 100 daily – my patience is exhausted, so I’m stirring up a batch of WOW, and you’re going to be in on it. You’re also about to thank me 😉
We visited Hopsewee Plantation for Mother’s Day in the spring. After what could only be described as a fabulous lunch, we milled around admiring all the teapots and cookbooks and preserves for sale in the lobby. I grabbed a few envelopes of loose peach tea along with the Plantation’s signature cookbook and scrambled up to the counter to pay. Fast forward to it now being August, and I’ve just come across the envelopes, having stashed them where I probably thought I’d remember putting them! Boone Hall Plantation which boasts a farmer’s market and is local to us, has fresh peaches now. I managed to remember to grab a few on my way home the other day. The plan was simple. One peach sliced, jammed into a Ball jar, and filled with vodka and one half of a vanilla bean, split. Tuck away into a dark closet for a few days and psych myself up for the weekend libation! Of course, you don’t need to do this to enjoy a hard-peach tea cocktail. In fact, the method herein could not be easier…sit back and relax while you enjoy this exquisite fruity cocktail.
Ingredients For A Sunsational Hard Peach Tea Cocktail (makes 4 servings)
2 Tablespoons Peach Loose Leaf Tea
32 oz. filtered water
2 fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
6 oz. vodka
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Slices of peach and lime and fresh mint leaves for garnish
Bring the filtered water to a low boil. Pour over the loose tea leaves. Steep the tea leaves for 2 to 4 minutes. Strain and refrigerate until well chilled.
Shake or stir well. Strain again.
Serve in Ball jars or large beverage glasses over ice. Garnish with peach slices and fresh mint leaves.
Alternate: for vodka and vanilla-infused sliced peaches to use for both muddling and garnish, peel and slice 1 or 2 peaches and cram into a large Ball jar, along with ½ a vanilla bean, split. Fill to the brim with vodka and secure the top. Place jar in a dark cabinet for several days to a week.
When assembling the cocktails, use the vodka and vanilla-infused peaches in place of the fresh peaches, and use the peach infused vodka in place of the bottle. This makes for a much stronger libation, so drink responsibly.
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