Taproot at Home :: Thyme & Honey Whiskey Iced Tea

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Thyme & Honey Whiskey Iced Tea

by Ashley English
Originally published in Issue 5::DREAM. 

As a Southerner, I’ve long been steeped in the tradition of iced tea. Add in a bit of first-of-spring thyme, some honey, and a dash of whiskey (if you'd like), and this classic beverage gets a sophisticated, seasonal makeover.

Serves 4-6.

The Goods

6 cups boiling water
5 regular-sized bags black tea
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (removed from the stem), plus thyme sprigs, for serving
1/3 cup honey
4 cups cold water
1 cup whiskey
1/2 lemon, juiced
ice cubes

The Deal

1) Steep the boiling water, tea, and thyme leaves for 5 minutes.

2) Remove the tea bags. Continue steeping the thyme leaves for another 10 minutes.

3) Strain off the thyme leaves using a fine-mesh sieve. Transfer the tea to a pitcher.

4) Stir in the honey.

5) Add the cold water, whiskey, and lemon juice. Stir to fully combine.

6) Place two large handfuls of ice in the pitcher.

7) To serve, place ice cubes, a lemon peel twist, and a thyme sprig in each glass and top off with tea.

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