This summer, my husband and I made a pact that we'd spend more time out back enjoying the patio we had installed last summer. And what better way to enjoy the fireflies lighting up the night and the crickets singing their summer lullaby than by enjoying a refreshing drink out by the fire pit? I've seen recipes similar to this floating around the internet lately, and needed to try my hand at this Southern cocktail. I did a little research, found a few different versions, but none worked really well for a sour-of-the-moment happy hour on the deck. I came up with this version that doesn't require squeezing fresh fruit or overnight freezing before it's ready. Not only would this drink be fabulous served as a signature cocktail at your next cookout, but it's a great tailgate drink too. Make it to go by serving in a Mason jar! Cheers!
2 1/2 cups water
2 tea bags (black tea works best)
1 12-ounce can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 12-ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate
2 cups bourbon
Bring water to a boil and steep tea bags about 5 minutes. Combine brewed tea, frozen juice concentrates, and bourbon in a large pitcher. Stir until concentrates are thawed and ingredients are combined.
Fill glasses completely with crushed ice. Garnish with mint and cherries.
Makes nearly half a gallon.