Mint Julep Iced Tea

I honestly meant to make this post before the Kentucky Derby.I procrastinated like I often do.I really do think that mint julep iced tea proves that mint and Bourbon make perfect glass mates.Iced tea is so popular in Virginia that it practically runs out of the faucet, and the best way to brew the classic is as debatable as whether to sprinkle potato salad with paprikaSo why stick with the classic? Why not put a little spin on it. Change it up a bit.The bonus with this Mint Julep is that it does not require an afternoon nap as a chaser.

Mint Julep Iced Tea

Ingredients:

6 mint tea bags
1 quart of cold water
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 cup cold water
1 – 1/4 cups bourbon
2 ice cubes
mint leaves for garnish

Directions:

Place the tea bags in a large container. Heat the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil stirring occasionally, simmer 6-8 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool. Add the cold water. Stir well and chill, covered in the refrigerator overnight
Remove the teabags. Sweeten to taste with the brown sugar syrup and chill covered in the refrigerator until serving time
To serve pour the tea into a 2 quart pitcher, add the bourbon and stir. Add the ice and a few bruised mint leaves. Pour into iced-filled glasses and garnish with mint.
Store uncovered in the refrigerator.

Peace be with you,
Veronica