Green Tea Long Island Iced Tea

I found this recipe on the Food Network web site, and I thought that it would be a great cocktail to enjoy during a 4th of July barbecue!  I created a sample batch in my own little kitchen stadium last night, and I must tell you that this refreshing little drink packs a mighty punch!  Enjoy!  Love & Soul Always, Kay
Ingredients –

  • Ice
  • 2 ounces Green Tea Vodka, recipe follows
  • 1/2-ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1-ounce orange liqueur (I recommended: Cointreau)
  • 1/4-ounce golden rum
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons Simple Syrup, recipe follows

Directions —

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add Green Tea Vodka, lemon juice, orange liqueur, and Simple Syrup. Cover and shake until mixed and chilled, about 30 seconds. (In general, the drink is ready by the time the shaker mists up.) Strain into a tall glass filled with Flowery Ice Cubes, if using.

Directions for Green Tea Vodka:
1 cup vodka
2 gunpowder green tea bags or 2 tablespoons loose gunpowder green tea

Place both tea bags into the vodka. Cover, shake, and let steep for 2 hours. Remove and discard the tea bags.

Directions for Simple Syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Put the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. (Alternatively, heat in the microwave.) Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

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