With one warm breeze, everyone is ready to share a sip with friends. So this week’s happy hour is a big batch drink. Green tea has all sorts of health benefits, but it's also a star at the bar. This refreshing take on traditional iced tea is perfect for any get together. Grab your pitcher and brew some tea and enjoy this nicely chilled tea-infused toast to your weekend.
Note: Any green tea works in this recipe, but I like the aromas the orange and passion fruit lend to this tea.
- 6 Orange Passion fruit Green Tea bags
- 6 cups of boiling water
- 3 cups vodka
- ¾ cup simple syrup
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 2 cups store-bought pear puree, chilled
- 2 oranges, peeled for thick pieces of skin, no pith, discard fruit
- 2 thinly-sliced green pears, seeded, skin on, reserve 12 slices for garnish
Steep the tea bags in the boiled water for two to three minutes. Allow the tea to cool.
In a large pitcher, add tea, vodka, simple syrup, lemon juice and pear puree; stir to combine.
Serve the cocktail in ice cube-filled glasses and garnish with a pear slice and orange twist.