Every summer about this time I start to feel just a little bit of melancholy. I love summer, but as I lounge by the pool sipping something light and fruity I can’t help but feel like I’m missing something. Some important part of my life that’s either been misplaced or somehow forgotten. But what could that be? So I lazily swirl the pisco in my punch, or rumble the rocks in my rum-filled tumbler trying to pinpoint just what’s lacking in my life. That’s when it hits me. I miss bourbon. So I make a list. A list that will help me transform bourbon into a poolside seasonal sipper. Perhaps something reminiscent of a fruity, boozy iced-tea. Blueberries Bourbon Black Tea.
Bourbon is not the first spirit I reach for when I’m craving a lazy poolside cocktail. For some reason I associate the dark spirits, like bourbon, with cooler weather. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact the Mint Julep is an icy bit of bourbon perfection served in silver chalices. I think I’ll update my wish list to include Blueberries Bourbon Black Tea and Mint.
Blueberries Bourbon Black Tea and Mint.
Blueberries Bourbon Black Tea. I once had a sangria that featured those flavors at Frankies Spuntino in NYC and I’ve carried the memory of that particular flavor combination around with me ever since. I’m assuming that I probably came across that sangria in the summertime. Sangria is a summer drink, and I like sangria. But I want the darker notes of bourbon and black tea to shine in this poolside beverage. So I’ll cut down on the wine that makes Frankie’s version a sangria, and add a lot more tea. Making it appropriate to serve my warm weather bourbon cocktail as long tall sipper in an iced tea glass. GREG
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