Tequila and iced tea come together in a fantastic and simple cocktail from Patron Tequila. The Jalisco high tea recipe is filled with flavor and is a refreshing adult beverage for any occasion or party.
This iced tea cocktail includes a fantastic array of flavors. You have the slight oakiness of a reposado tequila, the invigorating taste of lemon verbena tea, and a kiss of sweet cherries from an impressive Danish liqueur. When combined, these flavors are a delight on the palate.
- In a ;cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all of the ingredients.
- Shake well.
- Strain over fresh ice into a highball glass.
Make Lemon Verbena Tea
Lemon verbena tea is incredibly easy to make and the lemon flavor is invigorating and calming at the same time. It's also one of the best herbal teas (technically called a tisane) for a refreshing iced tea, which is why it works so well in this cocktail.
All you really need is the dried herb and it's an easy plant to grow in the garden. Many stores stock it as a prepared tea bag or a loose-leaf tea as well.
The standard brewing time for lemon verbena is five to seven minutes in near-boiling water. After straining the whole leaves or removing the tea bag, place it in the refrigerator to cool before mixing your drinks.
Lemon verbena can also be used in a tea blend and it's a fantastic way to add a lemony background to nearly any tea. Feel free to brew it along with your favorite green or black teas, it's lovely with lavender, and you'll find it makes a mint tea even more refreshing. Any of these variations can be mixed into the Jalisco high tea.
Make It a Pitcher
The Jalisco high tea is a fabulous option for a pitcher drink if you're hosting a small party. It's great for cookouts on the patio or a summer brunch and can be adapted to as large of a batch as you like.
When doing so, consider ramping up the tea portion in relation to the other ingredients. Retaining the equal portions of tea and tequila could have you pouring almost a full bottle of tequila. Adding more tea will also slightly reduce the alcohol content—from 15 percent ABV to 13 percent ABV. This is more in line with the average glass of wine, which is perfect for casual drinking and won't leave your guests tipsy.
For a 60-ounce pitcher, pour the following: 20 ounces (2 1/2 cups) tequila, 25 ounces (3 1/8 cups) lemon verbena tea, 2 1/2 ounces Cherry Heering, 5 ounces simple syrup, and 1 ounce lime juice.
Adjust the liqueur, lime, and syrup to suit your taste. This should leave enough room to add ice right before you serve it.
If you want to turn it into a sparkling tea, simply add a little club soda or any other clear, lightly flavored soda to replace a portion of the tea. Five ounces would be a great place to begin.