Well the Chicago weather has been rather quirky around here lately. The weather can’t decide if it should be winter or spring… I think I speak for all of us Chicagoans’ that it is officially time for spring! Over this past weekend the Chicago Chill and Grill Festival took place in Lincoln Park. The hubs and I decided to check it out and man did we get some good grilled food. We both tried a beef brisket slider with fried onions and then I tried a prawn dish with chimichurri sauce and he got another beef slider…shocker. Not that I blame him, the beef was fantastic. Although I did wish that I had tried the Girl and Goat’s Sloppy Joe… I have a soft spot for sloppy joe’s. We also had a few great beer’s while enjoying the Chicago Blue Angels on an amazing Sunday afternoon. Yeah, I am super lucky, I know. But this got me inspired to try and create a new cocktail. I know, I was at a grilling event. I should have been inspired to grill… I will don’t worry, but I was more interested in a cool refreshing cocktail…Can you blame me?

I just bought this amazing tea, Acai Mango Zinger, from Celestial Seasonings and thought that it would make a great addition to a drink. I don’t know if you remember but, a while back Ocean Spray made these great Juice and Tea drinks… then they got rid of them. Well they were my inspiration for my cocktail! I brewed a cup of tea, added in some triple sec, raspberry agave sweetener, and Hum liquor. I garnished it with frozen raspberries and a lemon. This drink was light, refreshing and just the right amount of sweet. It kind of reminded me of a light sangria, but more tea like. I will for sure be playing around with more tea like cocktails, because so far, I am a huge fan!

Tea-riffic Cocktail

  • 1 bag of herbal tea (your choice)
  • 1 shot of triple sec
  • 1 shot of Hum liquor (vodka would work too!)
  • 1 tbsp of raspberry agave syrup
  • Frozen raspberries for garnish
  • 1 slice of lemon for garnish

Brew the tea according to box directions. In a separate glass combine the triple sec, Hum liquor, and agave syrup. Once tea is fully brewed, chill with ice cubes. When fully chilled, add the tea to the liquor mixture. Add in the raspberries and lemon, serve well chilled. Enjoy!

P.S.- Can you tell I have a thing for pink drinks ? 😉

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