Last summer I concocted a drink that tasted exactly like southern sweet tea — without a single drop of tea.
If you’ve never had southern sweet tea, imagine freshly brewed black tea pour over an glass of ice, then mixed with 4 tablespoons of sugar (yes, that much sugar). That’s Southern sweet tea.
I call this drink, Debutan-tea. Arguable a Southern version of Long Island Iced, Debutant-tea has only one liquor: bourbon.
1 cup of bourbon
3/4 cup Mint-infused simple syrup (see recipe below)
2 cups of ice
The following recipe serves 6-8 people a powerful libation perfect for picnics and outdoor parties. Makes 1-quart.
1 cup water
1-1/2 cups of sugar
1 bunch of chiffoned mint
Over medium heat in a pot the sugar and water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the chiffoned (de-stemmed) mint to the mixture and bring to a boil for 2 minutes. Then take simple syrup off heat.
In a 1-quart container (I usually glass quart bottles) pour 1 cup of bourbon (Jim Bean or Maker’s), 2 cups of ice, and 3/4 cup of the mint simple syrup. More ice/bourbon/syrup can be added to taste.