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Author Notes: I was recently gifted a bottle of sweet tea vodka and ooooh man it is yummy. Upon receiving said bottle, the first thing I did was sniff it: to my surprise it actually smelled like tea. This was exciting. When I see flavored liquor, it pretty immediately calls to mind those horrifying electric-hued bottles claiming to taste “just like pop-tarts/mint chocolate chip ice cream/marshmallow fluff.” I once had to endure a truly horrifying shot of birthday cake-flavored vodka, which, if you know anything about my penchant for desserts, was insulting on so very many levels. While I know this is not always the case with flavored liquors, I’m often wary. So imagine my joy upon taking that first sip and being greeted by a very real tea taste. Let’s also note the joy that comes with getting a present out of nowhere. Presents are f u n. Even more fun when they are alcohol-oriented. Because that means the gift-giver is immediately entitled to a cocktail, preferably one that is custom-made. Since few things feel more summery to me than a tall glass of lemonade or iced tea, I thought a thought I often think: let’s add alcohol to it. And I’m pretty sure I did alright. (If you want to find this particular brand of sweet tea vodka, it's Deep Eddy.)
http://spicesandspatulas.com/2015/08/09/v-grownup-arnold-palmer/ —Rebecca Firkser
Makes 1 cocktail
- 1/2 -inch piece fresh ginger
- 1 shot sweet tea vodka
- 1 shot elderflower liqueur
- 1/2 shot fresh lemon juice
- lemon peel (garnish)
- Muddle ginger in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with a generous amount of ice. Add vodka, elderflower liqueur, and lemon juice. Shake well (20 seconds should do the trick!) Strain into a coupe/martini glass. Rub the lemon peel around the rim of the glass, then float it on top as garnish. Alternatively: muddle the ginger and add the liquids. Stir well and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass, doing the same with the lemon peel as mentioned earlier.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for The Best Thing You Ate This Year
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