Homemade Sweet Tea Vodka Recipe

Yields: About 2 ½ cups
Prep time: 10 minutes
Steeping time: 2-3 days

Ingredients:

  • 1 (750ml) bottle of vodka: Choose a mid-range quality vodka for the best balance of flavor and cost-effectiveness.
  • 6 regular-sized black tea bags: Black tea provides a robust base flavor. You can experiment with flavored black teas for a twist (e.g., Earl Grey).
  • 1 cup granulated sugar: You can adjust the amount of sugar to your desired sweetness.
  • 2 ½ cups water

Equipment:

  • Large mason jar or pitcher with a lid
  • Fine-mesh strainer
  • Clean bottles for storing

Instructions

Make the sweet tea concentrate:

  • Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely.
  • Remove the pan from heat and add the tea bags.
  • Let the tea steep for 5-7 minutes. Avoid over-steeping, as this can make the tea bitter.
  • Remove the tea bags and allow the tea concentrate to cool completely.

Infuse the vodka:

  • Pour the cooled sweet tea concentrate into the mason jar or pitcher.
  • Add the vodka and stir to combine.
  • Seal the jar tightly with a lid.

Steep:

  • Store the jar in a cool, dark place for 2-3 days. The longer you steep, the stronger the tea flavor will be.

Strain and bottle:

  • After the steeping period, strain the infused vodka through a fine-mesh strainer lined with a cheesecloth into clean bottles. Discard the tea bags.

Store and enjoy!

  • Store the sweet tea vodka in the refrigerator for up to several months. Enjoy it chilled over ice, in cocktails, or as a delightful addition to iced tea.

Tips & Variations:

  • Fruit twist: Add slices of fresh fruit like peaches, strawberries, or lemons to the infusion for an extra flavor dimension.
  • Citrusy kick: Squeeze a bit of lemon or orange juice into the strained sweet tea vodka for brightness.
  • Herb infusion: Add a few sprigs of fresh mint or basil during the steeping process for a refreshing twist.
  • Gift idea: This makes a lovely homemade gift! Put it into decorative bottles with personalized labels.

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