It’s Spring. Time To Drink.

By Mandy Simon
Last night we had a friend staying over and I decided it was a good opportunity to use some of the recently sprouted mint from our front yard to make some Mojitos. And it was awesome.
Chow has a piece on herbs in cocktails today that has me itching for good weather and the recipes only reinforce my dream to have a summer full of homemade cocktail happy hours.  
On a non-boozy note, I’m also looking forward to making some iced tea this summer. Matt has the iced coffee technique covered but I’m wondering if anyone has a fool proof way to make delicious and strong iced tea that’s not bitter?

11 responses to “It’s Spring. Time To Drink.

  1. you can cold brew tea, too. never gets bitter, totally lazy and delicious.

  2. SUN TEA. Big jug, about 5 teabags and a whole day to steep. Delicious and never bitter.

  3. I use 8 cups of water in a big pyrex measuring cup, 5 family-size teabags (Lusianne), and 8.5 minutes in the microwave on high. It never actually boils, but gets plenty hot, so the tea will steep. Pour into a gallon jug and top it off with water.

  4. Cucumber sour. Absolutely the best spring cocktail. More refreshing than you can imagine.

    2 oz gin
    3/4 oz lemon juice
    3/4 oz simple syrup
    4-5 slices of cucumber

    Combine cucumber and simple syrup in mixing glass and muddle well. Add gin and lemon juice. Shake well with ice and strain into waiting cocktail glass. Sip and enjoy, preferably while sitting outside.

    If you’re feeling really festive take portion the cocktail out between two champagne flutes and top with champagne or even just club soda for a delightful sparkling cocktail.

  5. Concur with the sun tea. Leave it on your deck, porch, or window sill all day. Does the trick.

    Interesting how much attention iced coffee generated. I love it as well, but make it the lazy way. We brew two cups too many in the morning, and put two cups immediately into a mason jar and pop it in the fridge for later.

  6. I love sun tea. I’m not sure the sun part actually matters, but it does look pretty.

  7. No, hot brew it, for a short period of time. the bitter comes from longer brew times.

    Also, get a ceylon tea.

  8. i use 6 tea bags of black tea and three tea bags of green tea…SUN TEA of course! the freshness of the green tea cuts the bitterness of the black tea.

  9. For those that enjoy dry gin, make a mojito, but use gin, parsley, and sub a pinch of salt for the sugar.

  10. i hate sun tea. it’s just wrong. sun tea is just really weak tea, it just tastes like brown water.

    just get some lipton or tetley tea and follow the directions. never let the water come to a complete boil, though, or it will taste flat. stop it when it starts to get noisy and still has a lot of bubbles.

    same directions for yerba mate or green tea. if you want sweet tea, put a 1/2 cup of sugar or corn syrup in right after you take out the tea bags.

  11. I’ve never heard of sun tea but it sounds foul, a bit worse than that rooibos from South Africa.

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