Porch Swing, tea vodka cocktail

Treaty Oak Distilling Co. in Austin, Texas, makes a craft sweet tea vodka — hold on, keep reading — in which the sweet is minimized and the color and deep flavor are drawn from Nilgiri black tea grown in Southern India. It struck us as a good spirit base for a summer afternoon drink. If you like your iced tea less sweet, leave out the simple syrup.

Porch Swing Porch Swing vert
3 mint leaves
1/4 teaspoon simple syrup
1/2 ounce lemon juice
2 ounces Graham’s Texas Tea

Muddle mint leaves, syrup and lemon juice in a highball glass. Fill glass with crushed ice. Add the vodka and stir gently until combined and chilled. Garnish with a spring of mint.

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Tasting notes: Mellow, flavorful, a great all day drink in warm weather.

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