Boozey Tea (for you and me)

When tea comes to mind, seldom does one think of booze as well. It’s a relaxing drink, made to cure ailments, calm nerves, and make the British highly tolerant of bullshit. However, like anything that people love, booze can be added to make it even more intoxicating. Keep calm and booze on.

Tea Toddy

1 cup Earl Grey tea
1 tsp sugar
1 shot Baileys Irish cream
1 dash Scotch whisky

Make tea as you usually do. Mix it with the sugar to taste. Add Baileys and, if desired, whisky. Enjoy.

Bourbon Slush

7 cups water
3 cups bourbon whiskey
12 oz frozen lemonade
6 oz frozen orange juice
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups strong tea

Mix all ingredients together in a freezer safe container and freeze overnight. When ready to serve, put desired amount in blender and blend until slushy. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

Artillery Punch

1 qt strong black tea
1 qt rye whiskey
1 bottle red wine
1 pint Jamaican dark rum
1/2 pint brandy
1 jigger benedictine herbal liqueur
1 pint orange juice
1/2 pint lemon juice

Combine all the ingredients in a large punch bowl with a block of ice. If found too dry, sugar syrup may be added. Decorate with twists of lemon peel. Enjoy.

Cranberry Tea Hot Punch

8 bags tea
4 cups boiling water
2 cups unsweetened cranberry juice
2 cups apple cider
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp ginger
4 cloves

Make strong tea with teabags and boiling water. Add cranberry juice, apple cider, brown sugar, and spices. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Garnish with orange slices, and enjoy.

Indian Tea

1 oz gold rum
3/4 oz amaretto almond liqueur
5 oz hot black tea
1 tsp sugar

Gently simmer tea and peel in a small saucepan for 1 – 2 minutes. Add liquors and pour, with peel, into a cup. Enjoy.

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