Warm weather, and thus, cocktail season is upon us, y'all. We pretty much go with wine throughout the winter months, but as soon as that spring sunshine hits, we're both like "where's the muddler?! Let's make some draaaanks!" It really is one of our favorite summer activities and some of our favorite posts to shoot for the blog. For the past two summers, whenever we would schedule a cocktail post, Jenna would also bring over her bathing suit to my house. We would make our recipe, shoot it, and then go out and drink our creations by the pool. And we're so excited that that season is almost back to us!
While we in no way consider ourselves Class A bartenders, we do enjoy trying to make new recipes and putting our own spin on them. Jenna has been suuuuper into juleps since our Paris trip, and so we decided to kind of make some version of a julep. We both know we love blackberry, so we started there, and then Pinterest gave us the idea to add earl grey tea to it. And I (Cort) don't even usually like bourbon, but HOLY WOW. This was so good!
- Earl Grey Tea
- Bourbon (Four Roses is one of Jenna's and my hubs' favorites)
- Simple syrup
- Lime/lime juice
- A dash of vanilla extract
- Club soda
- Brew your tea, let it steep and cool for around 30-45 min. This cocktail does take some planning if you want it to be served refreshingly cold.
- Muddle about 1/2-3/4 cup of blackberries with 1/2 oz shot of simple syrup
- Add in 1 1/2 oz chilled earl grey tea
- Add 1 1/2 oz bourbon
- Toss in a bit of vanilla extract for some extra flavor
- Squeeze in the juice of one lime
- Strain mixture into a lowball glass!
- Fill glass with club soda
- Garnish with a lime, blackberries, rosemary, whatever ya like!
And that's it! Besides pre-planning to chill the tea, pretty quick and painless and super refreshing!
Anyone have any go-to summer cocktails worth sharing?!