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Author Notes: While go-to tailgating drinks usually involve only two ingredients- a beer and a funnel- four years of football down south introduced me to some phenomenal gameday cocktails. I mixed up my favorite parts of varying recipes and was inspired by some famous southern staples: Georgia peaches, fresh mint, sweet tea, and powerful bourbon. Introducing: Bourbon Sweet Tea. —Taylor Griffin
tablespoons raw Sugar (more if you have a sweet tooth)
sprigs of mint
- First, I make my glass of sweet tea: pour yourself a standard mug of hot tea, add 2 teaspoons raw sugar(more if it is not sweet enough), and let it steep for 15-20 minutes in the refrigerator
- Muddle half of the peach with a leaf or two of mint (not a ton of mint flavor in this)- when the leaves start to tear apart, stop. Do not massacre the ingredients; you simply want to release their concentrated essential oils so they can infuse the bourbon with the magic of mint
- Add one shot (or more, no judgment) of Bulleit Bourbon into your glass and fill to the top with ice
- Squeeze the juice from a thin lemon wedge into your drink and leave it in your glass. Add a sprig of mint and peach wedge for garnish. If you have a crazy sweet tooth, you can rim the glass with sugar
- Head south of the Mason-Dixon and get ready for kickoff!
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Cocktail