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Smoky lapsang souchong tea lends a deep, Scotch-like edge in this simple southern highball.
1 oz. bourbon
5 oz. lapsang souchong and heather flower tea (recipe below)
1 oz. simple syrup (1:1)
Garnish: licorice root stick (available at terraspice.com)
Fill a highball glass with ice and add bourbon, brewed tea, simple syrup and an orange peel. Stir to combine, then garnish.
Lapsang Souchong and Heather Flower Tea
1 Tbsp. lapsang souchong loose-leaf tea (available at serendipitea.com)
1 pinch dried heather flowers (available at terraspice.com)
12 oz. boiling water
Steep tea and flowers in boiling water for 5 minutes. Pour over ice to chill. Strain and refrigerate until ready to use.
Andrew Noye, the Barn Bar at Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee
Ready more about using iced tea in cocktails in the March/April 2011 issue.