Tea Party!

Oh man, moving is tough! (I helped my boyfriend and his mom carry two boxes inside to store in my back room.) I don’t move into my cute yellow house until the end of summer, but it’s beginning to drain me mentally. Time for a break!

Time for a tea party!

I may be one of those weirdos who slurps down a hot bowl of soup during the warmer months, but I am not a fan of hot drinks. In fact, I only make myself drink hot beverages when there is snow on the ground or when I have the flu, neither of which are in my life currently. Summertime in the South calls for ice cold lemonade or super sweet tea. I actually like to combine the two. Teamonade!

Blackberry Teamonade & Lemon Shortbread Cookies.Image

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Spike with vodka and I found the perfect way to break in my Ball Heritage Blue masons. What goes well with tea? Why cookies of course! In this case, I decided to make lemon shortbread cookies to match my drink. The following are my recipes for both the cookies and cocktails. 

Lemon Shortbread Cookies Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened 

2/3 cup confectioner’s sugar

1/4 tsp vanilla

2 tbs finely grated lemon zest

2 cups all purpose flower

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The Process

  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest. Does it not smell like you just walked into Williams-Sonoma? ImageImage
  2. Slowly add flower in parts incorporating as you go. The final dough product should not be sticky.Image
  3. On a lightly floured surface roll out with a floured rolling pin to a 1/4 inch thickness. use a champagne glass to cut the cookies into small, uniform circles.ImageImage
  4. Place cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Put chocolate chips in the center and press with a fork on each side. Image
  5. Bake in a preheated over at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until slightly golden. Look how cute!Image

Blackberry Teamonade Ingredients

4 black tea bags, brewed

zest & juice of 1 large lemon

1 cup fresh blackberries

1 cup granulated sugar

3 cups water

Sparkling soda

Vodka

The Process

  1. Brew 4 tea bags. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a small bowl, muddle together 1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Image
  3. Add sugar and water to a saucepan over medium-high heat stirring constantly to create a simple syrup. Add the muddle fruit to make a flavored simple syrup. Image
  4. In a chilled martini shaker halfway filled with ice, add 4 shots vodka, 1 cup sparkling soda, 1 cup brewed tea, and fruit syrup. Give a good shake. Pour into glasses over ice. Top with one more tablespoon of the simple syrup and garnish with a lemon wedge and fresh blackberries. Image

I made the cookies first so I would not get too tipsy and burn them. This beverage is as refreshing as could be! It perfectly compliments the hint of lemon in the shortbread cookies. Tuesday Boozeday done right!

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