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Bergamot Iced Tea Cocktail

bermagot iced tea cocktail recipeIt seems like I always have a summer drink. Last summer, I was into vodka collins. This summer, it is citrus vodka and iced tea and… SkinnyGirl Pina Colada with a splash of pineapple. Chenin, if you are reading this, I can sense your disappointment in me, but I just cannot help myself.

Specifically, bergamot iced tea and citrus vodka. A few weeks ago, my husband and I went on a rare date and after a lovely meal, we decided to check out Revel. Not only is the casino gorgeous (and smoke free!), I fell in love with this iced tea drink. You could get into some serious trouble with these, they go down mighty easy. Bergamot is a citrus fruit, and somewhere between a lemon and a grapefruit. It is perfect for iced tea, and even more perfect with a shot of citrus vodka in it. Lots of ice and a squeeze of lemon, and it is just about the most refreshing cocktail I have ever had.

bermagot iced tea cocktail recipe1 1/3 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups sugar
8 Double Bergamot Earl Grey tea bags
2 lemons
citrus vodka

bermagot iced tea cocktail recipeStart by making a simple syrup. Combine sugar and water and bring to a boil.

bermagot iced tea cocktail recipeWhen the mixture is clear, it is ready. Cool to room temperature.

bermagot iced tea cocktail recipeBring 3 quarts of water to a boil.

bermagot iced tea cocktail recipeAdd tea bags.

bermagot iced tea cocktail recipeSteep for about 3 minutes. It will be pretty dark. Cool completely.

bermagot iced tea cocktail recipeI like to make really big ice cubes instead of adding lots of ice cubes. It doesn’t water the tea down as much. Add some water to a small bowl with a few lemon slices and freeze until solid. Be smarter than me, make sure that it is not too big for the pitcher that you are going to use. Don’t ask me why I know to remind you of this. You could also freeze the tea so that it does not dilute it at all.

bermagot iced tea cocktail recipeWhen both the tea and simple syrup are cool, pour in enough simple syrup until it as sweet as you like it. I usually start with half and go from there. As much as I love sweets, I do not like overly sweet tea. It is completely up to your taste.

bermagot iced tea cocktail recipeTo unmold the ice, dip the bowl into water for a few seconds, it should pop right out.

bermagot iced tea cocktail recipeAdd the ice to the pitcher.

bermagot iced tea cocktail recipePour some tea into a glass. I like lots of ice in my drink. Add a shot (again, depends on your taste) of citrus vodka. And a squeeze of lemon. Cheers!

bermagot iced tea cocktail recipe
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Bergamot Iced Tea Cocktail


Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 8 Double Bergamot Earl Grey tea bags
  • 2 lemons
  • citrus vodka

Instructions

  1. Start by making a simple syrup. Combine sugar and water and bring to a boil. When the mixture is clear, it is ready. Cool to room temperature.
  2. Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil. Add tea bags. Steep for about 3 minutes. It will be pretty dark. Cool completely.
  3. When both the tea and simple syrup are cool, pour in enough simple syrup until it as sweet as you like it. I usually start with half and go from there. As much as I love sweets, I do not like overly sweet tea. It is completely up to your taste.
  4. Pour some tea into a glass. I like lots of ice in my drink. Add a shot (again, depends on your taste) of citrus vodka. And a squeeze of lemon. Cheers!

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  1. Carla @ Carlas Confections

    August 7th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    That looks awfully amazing! I am a huge fan of iced tea, so this just sounds perfect πŸ™‚

  2. bakedbree

    August 24th, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Thanks Carla, I made another tea concoction yesterday that is so good, can’t wait to share.

  3. Glenda

    August 7th, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Is the recipie correct? Mine says 1 1/3 c sugar & 1 1/3 c sugar> Sorry, don’t understand.

  4. bakedbree

    August 24th, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Obviously, it is a typo, my apologies.

  5. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    August 7th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    What a perfect summer cocktail! And the addition of tea makes it a little less guilt-inducing riiight? πŸ˜‰

  6. bakedbree

    August 24th, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Totally.

  7. cocktail recipes with vodka

    August 9th, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Ooh it looks delicious and low carb too is such a winner! πŸ˜€

  8. bakedbree

    August 24th, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Thank you!

  9. Brandon

    August 9th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Love the featured image, your photography never ceases to draw me in to read more… and then the recipes keep me! This tea looks delicious!

  10. bakedbree

    August 24th, 2012 at 11:26 am

    thank you so much Brandon, you are so sweet.

  11. Laura

    December 2nd, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I have also tried this with pear vodka… It was Yummy!

  12. bakedbree

    December 2nd, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    that sounds delicious.

  13. Yannick

    May 30th, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Great recipe, I introduced in our Resort…easy to have the bergamot as I grow it our garden here in Koh Phangan!! I just use a tea pot to serve it..small one, make his effect

  14. bakedbree

    May 31st, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Amazing! I wish that I had bergamot growing in my garden.

  15. sharon garofalow

    May 30th, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    I so appreciate the photo with your kid trying to be in the photo. My kids hate to be in my blog photos but somehow always end up in the cocktail posts! πŸ™‚

  16. bakedbree

    June 8th, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Ha! That’s funny.

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