The first thing I found was Bobby Flay's Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea. This was published in the Food Network Magazine, issue June, 2011.
|Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea|
Bobby Flay's Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea
Serves: 4 to 6
- 3 cups fresh blackberries
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, plus mint sprigs for garnish
- 6 good-quality black tea bags
- Good quality Bourbon, to taste (Bobby likes Woodford Reserve)
- Combine the blackberries, sugar and chopped mint in a large bowl and mash with a potato masher or wooden spoon; let sit while making the tea.
- While the blackberries are macerating, bring 1-1/2 quarts cold water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from the heat, add the tea bags and let steep for about 3 minutes. Remove the tea bags and pour the tea over the blackberry mixture. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour to let the flavors meld.
- Pour the mixture through a strainer into a pitcher, pressing on the solids. Cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 2 hours. (You can also pour the mixture into a bowl set over an ice bath to cool it faster.)
- Serve the blackberry tea over ice in tall glasses and float a shot of bourbon on top of each. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs (like a mint julep).
This was pretty good. Although I didn't think you could taste much of the bourbon - perhaps a touch more would be appropriate here.
My next find comes from the series Mad Men. They did a link on Twitter for their favorite cocktails from the 1960's. I chose their Tom Collins.