Thursday, August 20, 2009

Get Yer Lemonade

Today is National Lemonade Day. Yet another made up holiday that I can’t resist covering.

Back in May of 2008, I wrote about an adult lemonade stand. You can view that post here. I had to re-link to it because it is one of my favs.

There is a lot of buzz right now out there for Sweet Tea Lemonade with vodka. There are two ways you can make this recipe – the easy way and the hard way. Today, I’ll feature both options from Epicurious.com and Bon Appetit.

Sweet Tea with Vodka and Lemonade
Bon Appétit July 2009
by Fred Thompson
2 large tea bags for iced tea
1/2 cup boiling water
8 fresh mint sprigs
4 cups lemonade made from frozen concentrate
1/2 cup vodka
Ice cubes
8 lemon slices
Place tea bags in medium bowl.
Add 1/2 cup boiling water. Let steep 4 minutes. Discard tea bags. Place mint sprigs in large pitcher; mash with muddler or handle of wooden spoon until slightly bruised.
Pour in tea, lemonade, and vodka. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.
Fill 8 highball glasses with ice.
Divide sweet tea among glasses. Garnish with lemon slices.

Quick Version

To streamline this recipe, you can use one cup Sweet Tea Vodka from South Carolina's Firefly Distillery in place of the tea and the vodka.

(sources: fireflydistillery.com, epicusious.com, Bon Appetite)

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