Lush Life

To be a lush chef, does not mean to drink in excess - this can result in scary fires and bad dishes. A lush chef is one who enjoys gourmet cooking/baking, often with fresh ingredients and the smart use of one's home bar. If there happens to be half a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a sip of brandy left over...well, one cannot be wasteful. I give you permission to imbibe.

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Aug 16, 2012

Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktail

The heat wave continues in Los Angeles and all it makes me want to do is sit on a porch with a book and sip iced tea...or bourbon.  So why not combine the two?  Joy the Baker did and that's why I love her.  Her recipe for this Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktail is made by the pitcher, so it's perfect for brunches, BBQs or just sharing with a  friend on that porch.  When I got back from my San Francisco trip last week and stepped into my overheated apartment, I quickly flung open all the windows and doors (I sadly have no real porch to sit out on) and shook up a couple of these for myself.  I made a few minor adjustments to the recipe so you can make them individually.  Instead of honey or agave syrup, I used some of the honey syrup that I always have on hand for cocktails.  Because it was so freaking hot outside, there was no way I was going to heat up water for iced tea, so I just bought some unsweetened black iced tea from the store.  These drinks go down very smooth, so pace yourself and enjoy!

Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktail
  • 1 sprig of fresh mint
  • 1 slice of orange
  • 1/2 oz honey syrup (see recipe here)
  • 2 oz bourbon (I used Bulleit)
  • 2 oz iced black tea
  • Ice
- Add the mint, orange and honey syrup to a mixing glass and muddle.
- Add the bourbon, iced black tea and ice into the mixing glass and shake.
- Strain into a chilled coupe glass.