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Lavender Mint Julep Tea

Yield: 3 quarts

Preparation: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  1. 12 teaspoons mint green tea

  2. 12 cups cold water, divided.

  3. Clear cocktail ice cubes

  4. 1 recipe for Lavender Simple Syrup

  5. 1 Kentucky bourbon (optional)

  6. Garnish: fresh mint leaves

  7. ¼ cup fresh squeeze lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Place tea leaves in a 48 ounce or larger teapot.  Set it aside.

  2. In a teakettle, heat 6 cups of water to 180 degrees.   Add hot water to prepare teapot, cover, and let steep for 3 minutes.  Strain tea into a 3 quart or larger serving pitcher.  Add the remaining 6 cups of water, stirring to blend.  Let cool to room temperature.

  3. To serve, dill a silver julep cup with ice cubes.  Pour mint tea and sweeten to taste with lavender simple syrup.  Add bourbon to taste, if desired.

  4. Garnish with fresh mint, if desired. 

  5. Add lemon juice, lavender and lemon peel. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes.


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