Three Tea-Based Summer Cocktails [Peach Bourbon Lemonade Recipe

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Iced tea is one of the most classic summer refreshers — and it should be. Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water, and can be found in almost 80% of all U.S. households. 

Even better, iced tea is the perfect mixer for a summer cocktail. From fruity to floral to downright spicy, we have a few ideas to turn even the most basic iced tea into a serious summer treat.

You can find most specialty teas at Whole Foods or at a tea shop like Chicago’s TeaGschwendner, a specialty tea shop in Chicago where we like to stock up. Peach Bourbon Lemonade is a perfect refresher for a hot summer day when you feel like something that will cool you off, and still pack a punch.

Included below are two other tea cocktails that I made on CBS Chicago recently. Cheers!

summer peach bourbon lemonade

Summer Peach Bourbon Lemonade (Pictured)
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups brewed peach iced tea
  • 2 cup coarsely chopped peaches
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (about six lemons)
  • 4 cups ice
  • ½ to ¾ cup bourbon
Instructions
  1. Combine the first three ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes. Slide the pan off the heat, and let the peach mixture cool for 20 minutes. TIP: You can substitute ¾ cup peach juice in lieu of fresh peach and sugar mixture to save time.
  2. Using a regular blender or an immersion blender, blend the mixture until it’s smooth. Pour it into an airtight container, and chill it in the fridge for at least 3 hours. Strain the peach mixture through a sieve over a bowl. Keep the liquid, and toss the solids. Stir in the lemon juice and bourbon. Place ½ cup ice in each glass, and add about ⅔ cup peach tea.
Watermelon Green Tea Cooler
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup pureed watermelon (strained)
  • 2 cup cold brewed green tea
  • ½ cup vodka
  • 1-2 tablespoons agave nectar
Instructions
  1. Puree about 2 cup fresh watermelon and strain through a mess strainer until you have ½ cup of juice. Add to 1 cup of cold brewed green tea. Stir and add ½ cup vodka or gin. Serve over ice.
Lemon Elderflower Fizz
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lemon, cut into 6 sections
  • 1½ cups cold brewed white elderflower tea*
  • 1 bottle chilled Champagne or Prosecco
  • ¾ (about ½ pint) cup lemon sorbet
Instructions
  1. Squeeze each lemon section into a glass. Add 3 teaspoons of elderflower cordial to each glass. NOTE: If you aren't able to find elderflower tea, use your favorite white tea and add 3 tablespoons St. Germain or elderflower liqueur.
  2. Top slowly and carefully with chilled Champagne or Prosecco. Garnish with a heaping tablespoon lemon sorbet.
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