A refreshing drink that embraces the traditional beverage of the South-sweet tea! Add Sweet Tea Bourbon from Firefly Distillery, scuppernong wine from Irwin House Vineyard (both located on the same property on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina) ,lemon juice, a few drops of orange bitters, a slice of lemon or a scuppernong to garnish and you have an exhilarating libation perfect to serve with a low country boil or a pig pickin’. Although Wadmalaw Island Iced Tea is an alcoholic beverage, it doesn’t have the potency of the classic Long Island Iced Tea, a concoction of gin, tequila, vodka, Triple Sec, cola and a sweet and sour mix. A definite one drink max there!
Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon is an infusion of tea leaves from the Charleston Tea Plantation, the only tea plantation in America, real sugar cane and a handcrafted Kentucky straight Bourbon Whiskey from acclaimed Buffalo Trace Distillery. With a lower alcohol content, this unique bourbon is great served on the rocks or as a tall drink diluted with spring water!
Recipe adapted from The Lee Brothers Southern Cookbook, this recipe make approximately 1-1/2 quarts. Although Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon is recommended, you may use your another tea-infused bourbon of choice and for the scuppernong wine, an inexpensive Madeira can be substituted.
Wadmalaw Island Iced Tea
1/2 (4 ounces) cup Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon, or bourbon of choice
1 (750-ml) bottle scuppernong wine or Madeira
1 cup (8 ounces) freshly squeezed lemon juice (6-8 lemons)
8-10 drops orange bitters
2 cups (16 ounces) tonic water or club soda
Lemon slices and fresh scuppernongs (green) or muscadines (purple)
In a large pitcher, mix all ingredients with the exception of the tonic water or club soda and stir thoroughly. Fill 8 on the rocks glasses with ice cubes and pour 4 ounces of the Wadmalaw Island Iced Tea into each glass leaving about 1-inch space from the rim of the glass. Top each drink with about 2 ounces of club soda and garnish with lemon slices and scuppernongs or muscadines when in season. If you like a stronger drink, float a little Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon over the top, not stirring it into the drink. Enjoy!!
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