I have partnered with Cost Plus World Market to bring you this delicious Green Tea Kentucky Cousin cocktail! It’s a refreshed version of the regular Kentucky Cousin sweet tea drink. Replacing the heavy cherry heering and black tea with a delicious Lemon Cherry Green Tea. This sweet tea is light and refreshing and of course, spiked!
So before I get to this delicious cocktail I have to tell you where my inspiration came from. Back in high school at my very first job that wasn’t babysitting, we were only allowed to listen to country music because it was family friendly. My new job started about the same time that Faith Hill released her song, “This Kiss”. I quickly jumped on the country bandwagon. My girlfriends and I would go get giant sweet teas from McD’s and cruise around town blasting Faith Hill on her car stereo! (you know the CD players where the faces popped off? <—Yeah it was THAT long ago!)
Faith Hill also happened to be the very first concert I ever attended! Country Music and sweet tea hold a special place in my heart! With that said, we are all adults now and in honor of “The CMA Awards” coming up, I am having my girlfriends over for adult sweet teas and we can watch the current country stars perform and reminisce and show that we still, in fact, know every word to Faith’s songs!
When planning for the night I obviously needed to incorporate the tea part in the night and the Kentucky Cousin seemed like a great idea, however, I, of course, had to put my own spin on it and it turned out delicious! Everything you need for your own girls night for “The CMA Awards” as well as ingredients for this Green Tea Kentucky Cousin can be found at your local World Market store! They have can show you how to stock your bar cart, my favorite bar accessories and fun cocktail mixes! One stop shopping for your entertaining!
I even picked up these ADORABLE tea tins that I filled with the Lemon, Cherry Green Tea bags and paired with a cute little tea bag rest that I will send home with my girlfriends!!!
How to Make a Green Tea Kentucky Cousin Cocktail:
Now onto the delicious recipe! For starters, I brewed this amazing Lemon Cherry Green Tea from Mighty Leaf. Oh. My. Goodness. I want to use these tea bags as an air freshener. They smell so awesome!
You can actually see the lemon peels in the tea bags!
I placed 4 tea bags in 4 cups of boiling water and steeped for 3 minutes!
Once that tea was cool, I added 1 mint leaf, 1 maraschino cherry and the simple syrup into a cocktail shaker and muddled them all together.
Next, I added a glass full of ice, bourbon and 1 cup of this tea into a cocktail shaker,
and shake, shake. shake!
Pour back into your glass and I garnished with a mint leaf, lemon slice and a cherry skewer on these cute little knotted bamboo skewers.
Green Tea Kentucky Cousin Recipe
Green Tea Kentucky Cousin Cocktail
- 8 ounces Lemon Cherry Green Tea, Mighty Leaf
- 1 ounce Simple Syrup
- 1.5 ounces Bourbon, Maker’s Mark
- 1 each Mint leaf, (extra for garnish)
- 1 each Maraschino Cherry, (extra for garnish)
- 1 each lemon slice
- Muddle Mint Leaf, Cherry and Simple Syrup in a cocktail shaker.
- Add Ice, Tea, Bourbon to shaker and shake until chilled
- Pour into Highball glass and garnish with lemon slice, cherries and mint leaf if desired.
You can also check out all my other cocktail recipes here too!