Combine a summer favorite with some honey liqueur and tea and enjoy this amazing Jack Honey Sweetened Blackberry Tea!
Still hard at work in my yard; today we’re working on putting in a walk along the side of the house. The builder loves dumping tons of river rock everywhere and while maybe fun to walk on in the river…here in my yard they’re awful. So we’re scrapping away the river rock and putting down some flagstone on a small size gravel that compacts together. The front will have huge pieces of flagstone embedded in it and so will the very back but the long walk from the gate to the back is just rock. Once it starts compacting it will be perfect for the ONLY reason I need a walkway on that side of the house. My lawnmower and garden wagon…boy am I tired of what it takes to haul heavy loads though those rocks!
It was funny…the rock was delivered and the kids came out as if magnetized and they all had such fun…for one day only! It was a huge mess but no one complained; luckily most will be gone end of day today. I’m not certain their parents want to do that gravel cleanup out of hair and every crevice of clothing EVERY day.
As for me? This is it; the best I can do under this tight schedule, something I made several years ago that I love to serve during barbecues and picnics. Not heavy on the booze with that perfect summer taste of sweetened tea and the added luxury of blackberries. It is pretty too isn’t it?
My favorite concoction ever using this magical potion isn’t even a cocktail (at least until today!). I made these cupcakes for a big celebration in 2013. Not ‘just’ my daughter’s birthday but an even bigger celebration; the news that on her 30th birthday that she was cancer free. I still get teary when I think of those words and she would probably reprimand me for shedding those tears and remind me it was good news. Yes, yes it was but she will have to be a mom before she gets why that day will forever be so meaningful and give me that moment for those tears of joy. Besides they are so good they could make you cry.
I know you will LOVE Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey. I love the scent of bourbon; opening this bottle and wafting the combination of bourbon and honey? It’s just…just…I don’t know! How can you describe something indescribable? I so love using bourbon in my cooking and until this cocktail have used the Jack Honey for nothing else. There are the aforementioned cupcakes, barbecue sauces, frosting and a salad dressing that come to mind. See; it’s not just good, it’s so versatile. Seriously one of my favorite bottles to have on hand!
I’m just a bit embarrassed I had not thought to make a cocktail with it before this one. And this was the perfect one. I muddled the berries and mint and added them to a tall pitcher of tea before combining all of it with some lemon and a bit of simple syrup (the Jack might be enough for you but with blackberries and lemon I thought it needed a touch more sugar). Served over ice on a hot day? Try it and then tell me it’s not your new favorite too.
Next up? Lemonade and Jack Honey and homemade Luxardo Cherries…I can’t wait! By the way, every time I write that it’s like I’m addressing my boyfriend, my fictional one. Jack, honey, would you please pass me that tea? Sorry…am I loopy? The price
I you pay for my making cocktails during the day! Try this, you will love it…and Cheers!
For the Tea
- 2 cups boiling water
- 2 cups ice water
- 3 large tea bags or 6 regular size (I used 3 Lipton Family Size)
- 6 oz fresh blackberries
- 2 sprigs mint
- 1 lemon
- 2-4 Tbsp simple syrup
For the Cocktail
- 2 oz of Jack Daniel's Honey Liqueur
- Lemon slices, blackberries and mint for garnish
To Make the Tea:
- Boil 2 cups of water and turn off heat. Immerse tea bags in water and let them steep in the water for about 10 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and add the ice water.
- Mash the blackberries and mint in a bowl and add to a tea pitcher. Squeeze lemon and add the juice to the fruit, mix thoroughly.
- Once the tea has cooled down and you've added the ice water, fill the pitcher with ice, add the fruit mixture and stir thoroughly.
To Make the Cocktail:
- Fill an glass with ice. Combine 6 oz of tea with 2 oz of Jack Honey and stir. Garnish with a slice of lemon, a spring of mint and a blackberry. Serve with straws.
I was provided with a sample bottle of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey to use for this cocktail,
however all commentary is my own.