Vanilla-Mint Whiskey Sweet Tea

When I first started drinking, I stick to the vodkas and rums to make simple mixed drinks. Eventually that branched out into drinking wine which then somehow turned into drinking beer. And now I tend to reach for a bottle of beer before a bottle of wine, but when I want a mixed drink I now find myself gravitating toward bourbon and whiskey.

I have no idea what caused the change, but I really love those flavors. I knew I wanted to make a simple no-fuss drink for the last time we had people over and I was thinking along the lines of a spiked ice tea, when I caught an episode of Farmhouse Rules and Nancy Fuller was making this recipe. I knew I needed to give it a try.

Vanilla-Mint Whiskey Sweet Tea
Source: Farmhouse Rules
Servings:1 quart
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    • 6 cups water

    • 6 sprigs fresh mint

    • 6 black tea bags

    • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped

    • ⅓ cup sugar

    • ½ cup bourbon

    • lemon slices

    • additional mint for garnish

    • ice cubes

1. Combine the water, mint, tea bags, vanilla bean, and sugar in a large pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 10 minutes then remove from the heat and steep the tea for another 10 minutes.
2. Remove the tea bags and mint sprigs and strain mixture into a large pitcher. Let cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until ready to serve.
3. Before serving, add ice cubes and 1 oz. bourbon to each glass. Pour the tea over the ice and garnish with a lemon slice and a mint sprig.

This was strong but it was delicious! I ended up adding the lemon slices and a few leftover orange slices I had directly into the tea to help with the sweetness.

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