Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea
- 3 cups fresh blackberries
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
- 1 1/2 quarts cold water
- 6 good quality black tea bags
- Ice, as needed
- Good quality bourbon, to taste (recommended: Woodford Reserve)
- Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
Combine the blackberries, sugar, and coarsely chopped mint in a large bowl and mash with a potato masher or wooden spoon and let sit while making the tea.
While the blackberries are macerating, bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan, remove from the heat, add the tea bags and let steep for about 3 minutes. Remove the bags and pour the tea over the blackberry mixture. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour for the flavors to meld.
Pour the mixture through a strainer into a pitcher, pressing on the solids, cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 2 hours. Cook's Note: You can also pour the mixture into a bowl set inside an ice bath to cool the mixture faster.
Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay