As an incurable introvert, I quite enjoy the prospect of a Sunday at home with no obligations. I use the time to sleep in a little, linger in bed with a cup of coffee while I read and catch up on Postsecret, tend to the things I’ve been putting off all week like laundry and calling my mother—and of course, partake in an afternoon cocktail. Today I took inventory of my bar and pantry and came up with what I call a Spiked Iced Passion Tea. Indeed, as Dorothy Parker suggested, with a little ingenuity, you can bring the party to you.
Makes four servings. See #5 below for single-serving directions.
- Four cups of water
- Four passion teabags (I like Tazo)
- Four ounces of vodka
- Four ounces of rum
- Two ounces of Agave nectar or simple syrup
- Splash of lemon or lime juice (if desired)
- Cherries, raspberries, or lime wedges for garnish
- Boil the water and pour it over the teabags in a bowl or heat-safe pitcher.
- Allow the tea to steep for 10 minutes on the counter, then put it in the refrigerator and chill for about an hour. (Apparently Tazo, and I’m sure other brands, makes an iced passion tea, but I had hot tea on hand).
- Take the tea out of the refrigerator and squeeze the teabags before discarding them.
- For four servings: Combine the tea, vodka, rum, and Agave nectar or simple syrup in a pitcher and divide among four ice-filled highball glasses.
- For a single serving: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in one cup of tea, one ounce of vodka, one ounce of rum, and a half ounce of Agave nectar or simple syrup. Shake aggressively and pour over ice.
- Taste test. If you want it to be more tart, add a healthy splash of lemon or lime juice.
Cheers to Sunday Funday!