Spiked Basil Sweet Tea
- 4 family-sized tea bags (or 10 regular tea bags)
- (1) 1/2 cup sugar
- Pinch baking soda
- 1 lemon, sliced into thin wheels
- 1 orange, sliced into thin wheels
- 10 basil leaves
- (1) 1/2 cup Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select
In a saucepan, cover the tea bags with water, about 2 1/2 cups, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and squeeze. This can be made in advance.
In a large pitcher, combine the sugar and baking soda with 1 cup of cool water. Pour in the hot tea and stir to dissolve the sugar. Fill the pitcher with additional 12 - 13 cups of cool water.
Crumple the basil and add to the pitcher. Stir. Add the sliced orange and half of the sliced lemons to the pitcher.
In a glass filled with ice, add 2 ounces of Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Select and fill with sweet tea. Garnish with lemon wheel and a basil sprig.
Makes 6 drinks