It’s the second installment of Spring Cleaning, and today I’m tackling the half bottle of Southern Comfort that I’ve had sitting in the back of my bar for so long I can’t remember when or why I bought it. What I do know is that its not my favorite, and I need to figure out a way to make it better. I decide to take my inspiration from southern sweet tea. Keep in mind I’ve never had sweet tea or been to the south, so this is based completely on cliches.
I just happened to have some Oliver Pluff & Co. Blackberry tea from Charleston that I’ve been waiting to do some thing special with, and this seemed like just the thing. I accidentally infused this for about 18 hours, and while it maybe be a bit too astringent for some, I really liked it. This particular tea was lovely, the blackberry flavor is very prominent and really adds to the cocktail. This did end up being on the sweet side so I add lots of ice to the glass. This ended up being a very drinkable, elevated cocktail, and I’m please to report that I have an empty bottle to recycle!
Spill the Tea
2 oz. Black Berry tea Infuse Southern Comfort
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake until chilled and very diluted. Strain into an old fashioned glass filled with lots of ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
Blackberry Tea Infused Southern Comfort
125 ml Southern Comfort
1 tsp. Oliver Plum & Co. Blackberry tea
Combine tea and Southern Comfort in a jar or bottle and infuse for 12-15 hours agitating once in a while.