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Friday, July 25, 2014

Drink of the Week: Bourbon Sweet Tea Sour

Few drinks are more quintessentially southern than a glass of sweet iced tea. Except bourbon, of course. Combine the two in one glass, add in a squeeze of lemon juice, and get ready to drink in a supremely quaffable summertime cooler. Made with a rich sweet tea syrup, this twist on a classic sour matches a subtle smokiness with the liveliness of fresh citrus. And if you feel like making a zero-ABV version, you can easily skip the bourbon and just top with soda and serve over ice.

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Bourbon Sweet Tea Sour
2 oz. bourbon
1 oz. sweet tea syrup*
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: sour
Garnish: fresh lemon twist

Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish.

*Sweet tea syrup: Steep 2 tsp. of black tea in 4 oz. of near-boiling water for 5 minutes. Strain and stir in an equal measure of granulated sugar until dissolved; let cool before using.