Remove any paper tags from the tea bags, place into one large clean Mason jar, or divide among 2 medium sized jars, capping the jar(s) tightly.
Give the jar(s) a gentle shake every few hours, check the flavor at about the 8 hour mark. Flavor should be a little stronger than you’d like the finished product to be, as it will be diluted before you’re finished.
If additional flavor is needed, allow to steep up to 2 days. Feel free to add more tea bags – just don’t leave the mixture to steep TOO long, or you’ll end up with bitter tannin flavors.
Once desired flavor strength is achieved:
Strain vodka through a fine mesh strainer & discard the tea bags. For a more clarified drink, strain the infusion once more, this time through a coffee filter – or two. Be patient, the effort is worth it!
Next, make simple syrup.
Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Heat to boiling, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool before using.
Stir about 1 ½ cups of the syrup into the strained infusion. Once fully combined, taste. Adjust ingredients for desired sweetness – I like doing a 1:1 ratio of syrup to infused vodka. Once you are happy with the sweetness, carefully pour your liqueur into a clean bottle.
After bottling, you should let it age for at least a week in a cool, dark place before drinking it – IF you have that kind of patience! Aging results in a smoother, more mellow flavor.