For our holiday/apartment warming shindig earlier this month, we made a boozy Passion Iced Tea Lemonade. It was a hit! We had a great menu, and figured that a nice, light punch would make things easier on both us, and our guests. I’m not a food blogger– this has taught me I don’t have the patience for that at all– but here’s a quick overview of what we did. The good thing about this recipe is that its easily manipulated, so you can make it for a punch bowl, pitcher, or glass!
For the record, I’m no drink connoisseur. I know what I like, and that’s about it. I knew I wanted to make some tea-based (even if concentrate is cheating just a little bit). The rest was my effort to make an light, easy to drink beverage that reflected our uncommonly warm winter weather. Feel free to play around with the types of alcohol too. I don’t drink vodka, and I’d already had the brandy from a red sangria I’d made for ‘Friendsgiving’ a few weeks back.
- Fill a serving glass with crushed ice.
- Mix equal parts passion iced tea concentrate, seltzer water (I picked lemon lime, because its the most tolerable of seltzer water flavors), and (cold) lemonade. In my shaker, there was just about a quarter cup ( 2 oz) of each.
- Take a sip, and revel in the greatness that is a Starbucks drink made at home.
- Add 1 oz of peach brandy (unflavored brandy would be just fine here; we just had some extra on our bar cart).
- Add rum to taste (likely 2 or 3 oz, depending on your tastes). Even though I’m more a fan of dark rum, I purposely used a light one for this recipe.
- Shake to mix, and pour over crushed ice.
- Garnish finished cocktail with a grapefruit wedge.
You might not be a fan of grapefruit, but its necessary! Otherwise, I would have had a drink that was far too sweet for my taste. Feel free to use lime or lemon as a replacement.
We had a warm cider at our party for the traditional winter drink lovers, but it just didn’t feel right with all the warm weather. Thankfully, how we have this drink that we can use now, and in the springtime!