Homemade Iced Tea Liqueur!
Remember back in September 9th’s post about homemade blueberry liqueur, I said I was gonna post a whole series on making liqueurs, with the aim of getting it all done in time for holiday gift giving?
I got a little sidetracked. Whoops. In my defense, there’s been SO much going on here in the way of repairs. Getting my husband to photograph anything ... well, it’s got to be a lower priority, what with winter coming!
So, let’s go with something super easy - iced tea liqueur!
You’ve probably seen a bunch of iced tea liqueurs on the market in the past two years: Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka, Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, Burnett's Sweet Tea Vodka, Sweet Carolina Sweet Tea Vodka, Barton Long Island Iced Tea Liqueur, etc. 2009 marked the real explosion of “Sweet tea” flavored liqueurs on liquor store shelves.
For what mass produced offerings, they’re not bad. Expensive for what they are, but they get the job done.
Homemade sweet iced tea liqueurs not only taste a million times better, they allow you to have a lot of control over the flavors, and are only a fraction of the cost of the retail versions. Also, they are so ridiculously easy to make, I’m almost embarrassed to post a recipe!
While the infusion time needed for this liqueur is much, much shorter than any of the others, it really benefits from aging. If you’re looking to do a batch for holiday gifts, you’ll want to start it soonish.
Enjoy making liqueurs? You should check out my first cookbook, The Spirited Baker! The first chapter takes a "Choose your own Adventure" approach to teaching how to create virtually any type of liqueur imaginable!
Learn to infuse various spirits with any flavor of your choice. From there, use any of a number of flavored syrups - recipes included! - to sweeten your infused spirit, creating a liqueur.
Liqueurs can then be combined with a few simple ingredients to create a cream liqueur - or even a chocolate cream liqueur! The possibilities are not only endless, they are delicious and thrifty!