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Homemade Iced Tea Liqueur
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Homemade Iced Tea Liqueur

Homemade Iced Tea Liqueur requires very little effort and is endlessly customizable. Use your favourite teas to make a liqueur that’s better - and cheaper - than retail.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting time9 d
Total Time9 d 20 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 - 6 Cups
Calories: 135kcal
Author: Marie Porter

Ingredients

  • 3 cups decent quality vodka*
  • 5-6 tea bags of your choice **
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 lemon, optional. ***

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

* With regards to the vodka, we go fairly cheap with it. For more robust flavors, any difference in quality of vodka – using more expensive brands – is totally lost. Save the upgrades in base vodka for more subtle liqueurs!
** Do NOT go as cheap on the tea bags! Use your favorite flavors, maybe splurge on nicer tea. (A few tablespoon of good quality loose tea can be substituted for tea bags).
*** If you want a lemon iced tea, carefully peel the lemon, making sure not to leave any of the white pith on the peels. Add peels to the infusion *after* the tea bags are removed, allow to infuse for about a week. Taste for doneness. If you’d like more lemon flavor, allow to infuse until it’s just right before moving on to the simple syrup step.

Nutrition

Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg