This drink is perfect for so many occasions: brunch, tailgates, southern-themed parties. I even made myself a sweet tea with vodka right before my wedding. It went a little like this:
|Sweet tea + vodka and mini nilla wafers. Perfection!|
To make sweet tea and vodka all you need are the two ingredients. Since I can't buy decent tea I just make a gallon and add the vodka accordingly.
Here's what you need:
- A tea kettle or a medium sauce pan
- 4 family size tea bags. My tea preference is as follows: 1. Luzianne 2. Tetley 3. Lipton
- 1 generous cup of sugar. By "generous" I mean that I probably actually use 1 1/4 cup sugar. My MIL uses closer to 2. It all depends on how you like your tea. If you're one of those people that likes for your ice to melt a little to make it perfect use 2 cups of sugar.
- 1 sweet tea pitcher. If you're from the south you know that in every house there is a specific gallon sized pitcher that is used solely for making tea. That is the pitcher you want.
Here's what you do:
- Fill your tea kettle with water (mine holds approximately 6 cups)
- Place your tea bags in the kettle and cover.
- Turn stove on medium heat and let the water come to a boil about 15 minutes.
- Pour the hot tea in your pitcher.
- Stir in the sugar with a wire whisk.
- Fill the pitcher the rest of the way with cold water while continuing to stir.
- Put that bad boy in the fridge.
I don't know why, but tea ALWAYS tastes better the second day. I make it in advance so that it's perfect.
Now for adding the vodka. The ratio that I like is 1 oz vodka for every 8 oz of tea. You can definitely add more tea to get the balance you want. If you're making this for a tailgate and you want to pre-mix an entire gallon just replace 1 cup of tea with 1 cup of vodka.
Happy Friday Y'all!