Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mango Peach Sweet Tea Vodka

I made this for a little get together. A tasty drink on a hot day!

Vodka Tea:

750ml bottle (80 plus proof)vodka
8 bags of "Trader Joe's Specialty Teas" Mango Black Tea

Peach-Mango Simple Syrup:

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
2 ripe peaches, diced and  well mashed(I mashed almost to puree consistency)
1/2 smallish mango, diced and mashed(again almost to puree)

Slit open the tea bags and pour contents into a bowl.
SLOWLY funnel the tea directly into the vodka bottle.....SLOW or it will jam up.

Re-cap and gently invert to get the tea mixed in well. Allow to steep 15-18 hours....tasting to get to your tea strength preference.

Slowly pour the vodka through a coffee filter to strain out the tea leaves and particles.

Simple Syrup:
Heat the water and sugar over medium heat until the sugar is totally dissolved and begins to thicken slightly.
Add mashed peaches and mango. Simmer 3 minutes then remove from heat and allow to steep for 4-6 hours. When it is completely cool pour through a mesh sieve to remove the solids....I like to press the solids a little to get out as much of the flavor as possible.

Combine syrup with the vodka and mix well.

I rinsed out the vodka bottle to make sure there was no stray tea in there, then funneled it back into the bottle. It wont all fit because of the addition of simple syrup so I just stuck the remainder in a mason jar.

Chill thoroughly and serve on the rocks or my personal preference, mixed with some club soda to give it a refreshing fizz.

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