Posts Tagged ‘tea’

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Bourbon Tea Punch

August 4, 2015

Another great idea for a summer party are boozy punch recipes. This way you can prep the drinks in advance, and then allow guests to self-serve. This is one of three punch bowls we served at our “welcome to summer” party.

You will need:

  • 4 c boiling water
  • 8 Earl Grey teabags
  • 1 1/3 c bourbon
  • 2 L lemonade

Then you will…

  1. In a large mixing bowl, pour the water over the tea bags. Allow to steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Refrigerate the tea until cold.
  3. In a punch bowl or pitcher, combine the tea with the bourbon and lemonade.
  4. Serve over ice.

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Mock Sangria

April 15, 2015

My girlfriends and I recently started hosting “wine down Fridays,” where we go to one of our houses for snacks and drinks one Friday a month. The idea was to make sure we have time to catch up in an environment where we can relax and have fun. I hosted a Spain-inspired evening, and I wanted to have something to drink that was not wine.┬áCheck out this mock sangria! It’s quite refreshing and easy to put together.

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You will need:

  • 2 c boiling water
  • 2 Early Grey tea bags
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 pods of star anise
  • 1/3 c honey (optional)
  • 2┬ác pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 c orange juice
  • A mix of thinly sliced fruits (I used a blood orange, lemon, lime and green apple)
  • 2 c soda or seltzer water

Then you will…

  1. In a small mix bowl or a large measuring cup, pour the boiling water over the tea bags.
  2. Add the cinnamon and star anise to the tea mixture and allow to steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bags.
  4. If using, mix in the honey until it is dissolved in the tea.
  5. Pour the tea into a large pitcher.
  6. Add the juice(s) and your sliced fruit.
  7. Refrigerate overnight (if you prepare the day of an event, allow to sit for as long as possible).
  8. Add the soda water just before serving.

p.s. You can always substitute a dry sparkling wine for the soda water if you decide you do not want a mocktail.

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