Russian Tea is really a citrusy spiced tea, best when spiked with booze like bourbon or dark rum. A bourbon-spiked pitcher of iced tea is the perfect refresher to serve at your next summer get-together or a lazy afternoon by the pool.
So, here’s the recipe for my favorite holiday tradition:
- 4 cups water, divided
- 4 black tea bags
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 cup Bourbon
- Juice from 1/2 lemon
- Juice from 1/2 lime
Boil 4 cups water and steep 4 regular-sized tea bags.
Add to that mixture in a large stock pot 1½ cups sugar, 2½ cups pineapple juice, 1½ cups orange juice (frozen concentrate, not diluted), 6 Tsp. fresh lemon juice, 8 whole cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks, and 8 cups water.
Bring to a boil, serve warm, add dark rum or bourbon as desired. I recommend adding the booze to each cup individually, so the buzz-inducing properties don’t get cooked out.