Signature Cocktail | Sparkling Sweet Tea

Yesterday’s French Magnolia inspiration board was the jumping off point for today’s post! Created by Maggie Battista, Chief Tasting Officer and founder of Eat Boutique, this signature cocktail is an elegant take on an Arnold Palmer: St. Germain meets Mason jar. Gorgeous photos by White Loft Studio.

Says Maggie, “Made with a fragrant Black Ceylon tea, this sparkling sweet tea cocktail whispers of picnics in lush gardens. I infused the tea into the simple syrup, creating a concentrated sweet tea flavor. This recipe is for one drink, but I like to multiply by ten and make it in a big glass pitcher. Sitting outdoors with friends during a summer cocktail hour, it makes the perfect apéro.”

 

Sparkling Sweet Tea
Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:
• 1 oz tea-flavored simple syrup (see recipe below)
• 2 oz organic vodka
• 1/2 oz St. Germain liqueur
• juice of 1/2 lemon
• 2 oz club soda
• lemon slices for garnish

Directions:
1. Make your tea-flavored simple syrup following the recipe below.
2. In a large mason jar (with a lid) or cocktail shaker, add simple syrup, vodka, St. Germain, and lemon juice. Add 4-5 ice cubes. Put the lid on and shake, shake, shake.
3. Strain into a little jar or glass and top with club soda. Add a few more ice cubes and lemon slice for garnish, and serve.

 

Tea-Flavored Simple Syrup
Feel free to use any black tea that makes you happy. I chose a pure Black Ceylon blend that has rose and lavender made by Bellocq Tea, Brooklyn, New York, but your favorite black tea will work just fine.

Ingredients:
• 1/3 cup organic sugar
• 2/3 cup water
• 2 teaspoons of your favorite black tea

Directions:
1. Over medium heat, simmer the sugar and water in a pot until dissolved. Remove from
the heat.
2. Add the tea to the still hot syrup and let steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain and cool.
3. Use immediately or store in the fridge (covered) for up to 2 weeks.

*To make an easy cocktail where the tea flavor really shines, simply add 1 oz of the simple syrup to a flute, then top with chilled Champagne or sparkling wine and serve.

 

Find lots more yummy cocktail recipes on Maggie’s site, Eat Boutique, where she also shares the best small batch foods, shares recipes, and more. And if you’re looking for the perfect gift, Maggie also curates seasonal, regional gift boxes (engagement or wedding gift maybe?).

Photos by White Loft Studio.

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