Spring Awakening

Hey everyone! Remember when I used to post interesting and insightful booze related articles all the time…

Well let’s just agree to forget the past few months and chalk it up to distractions. I’m back and ready to go with some great content and most importantly some fun events coming your way this summer. And just in case you don’t believe me, I’ve got a great recipe to get us back in the groove…

I don’t need to be the one millionth person that has written about how great it is that the spring weather is upon us. But holy shit is it awesome. If there was a way to make every day the first Saturday in the 70s, there would be peace on earth. Like if somehow we got our hands on the MIB memory eraser and somehow forced the climate to a never ending 24 hour cycle of that 45 to 70 degree shift, who would complain? I know for a fact, I’m my best self on those days so at a minimum you’d all have the best me, everyday of your life…you’re welcome.

But I’d be lying if I said this enthusiasm had much to do with anything other than drinking outside. There’s nothing better than sipping on a refreshing cocktail or a glass of cold rosé in the spring and I have found the perfect and simple way to get you started: sun drunk tea.

I have distinct childhood memories of my parents throwing a few tea bags into a glass pitcher and letting the thing sit in the sun all day to brew. Turns out, the sun may not be all that necessary but there’s something super nostalgic about the method so I say go ahead and do it for the overall experience. This is a pretty flexible recipe but I love using Yogi Green tea, mint, and citrus peels. The yogi green tea is light, the mint is real refreshing and the citrus is the perfect balancer. With a little more mint flavor coming from a simple syrup, some acidity from some fresh lemon and your favorite clear liquor (I used rum), the only issue you will have is slowing down…Cheers!

Sun Drunk Tea:

2 oz clear rum

1 oz mint simple syrup (recipe link here)

1 lemon wedge

6 oz Sun Tea (recipe below)

In a tall glass filled with ice, mix all of the liquid ingredients, squeeze the lemon and enjoy!

Sun Tea:

4 Yogi Green Tea Bags

1 Large Bunch of Mint

Peels of 1 Lemon and 1 Orange

In a clear large pitcher add the ingredients and fill with water. Cover and let soak in the sun for at least 6 hours. Refrigerate and serve.

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