Iced tea is the essential drink of summer for me. I brew a pitcher almost every day, adding a quarter cup of sugar while the water's hot so it mixes properly, like my mother taught me. Not too sweet, like sweet tea in the South, but with just a hint of sweetness. No lemon or mint needed unless the notion strikes me.
On my last trip to New Orleans (which was too long ago!), my bestie K and I had drinks at a touristy place in the Quarter. I couldn't help myself - it was hot, and the place had its French doors wide open and the ceiling fans were whirring away invitingly. That was where I was first introduced to Sailor Jerry rum and it's been my go-to rum ever since. "Sailor Jerry" was the moniker for enlisted navy seaman and tattoo legend Norman Collins, and the bottle features a few of his iconic works. In fact, this year is the 100th anniversary of his birth, and the company has put out three limited-edition bottles to celebrate his legacy.
Now, I don't know anything about tattoos, not actually having one myself. Nor do I know much about the navy, other than the fact that my grandfather served in it years ago. But rum and I go way back, and this Caribbean rum is nicely spiced with hints of caramel that go perfectly with your favorite mixers - coke, ginger ale, juice, or in my case, semi-sweet iced tea. I call it Rummin' Tea and it is my favorite thing to enjoy on hot summer evenings spent on my porchswing watching life go by .
1 part Sailor Jerry rum
2 parts slightly sweetened iced tea
Combine ingredients in a tall glass over ice. Garnish with lemon or mint if desired.
Haha, I have been brewing a big pitcher of tea everyday for the past week too. We are going through it so fast. I just add lemon to mine, but I think you have the right idea with a little rum. Love it!
Jum! What a great way of spicing up an ordinarily ice tea!
Oh I just LOVE this!! What a great summer cocktail :)
Looks so refreshing! A great drink to sip on a hot day!
What a great way to kick up some iced tea! Looks refreshing.
Grown-up iced tea! I love it!
Yum!! I love iced tea, one of my all time favorite drinks! Add a little kick, and I really want some!
Be still my heart...two of my great loves in one glass!
What a perfect drink.
That sounds like the stuff! With the weekend coming this is starting to sound like a must do.
When should I come over for a taste test?...
Think that could be a dangerous little drink
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