Why Black Tea Is A Perfect Addition To Bourbon Cocktails

Tea and bourbon are equally quintessential Southern drinks. Both beverages are steeped in tradition and have a rich history that spans centuries. And while each drink is fantastic on its own, you might be surprised to learn how well they pair together. The combination of the two creates a unique and flavorful cocktail that adds even more depth and complexity to your favorite Bourbon cocktails. But there is one type of tea in particular that works especially well.

Bourbon cocktails tend to already have quite a lot of sweetness. Because the flavor profile of Bourbon evokes aromatics like vanilla, caramel, fruit, and honey, these cocktails need other ingredients to round out the drink and bring balance. Unlike typical sweet Southern tea, other teas are more herbal and can even be bitter when steeped too long. And that's why black tea is an excellent choice for Bourbon cocktails. 

Why black tea works so well with Bourbon

The tannins in black tea complement the sweet notes of Bourbon, while the bitterness helps balance out the drink's overall flavor profile. In a way, the tea acts as a natural mixer, adding depth and complexity to the cocktail without overpowering the Bourbon.

One popular Bourbon and tea cocktail is the Bourbon sweet tea cocktail. To make this refreshing drink, you'll need some black tea, Bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Brew a cup of black tea and let it cool to room temperature. Once cooled, combine the tea with an equal amount of Bourbon, a splash of lemon juice, and a bit of simple syrup to taste. Stir well and serve over ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge or sprig of mint, and you're ready to enjoy this classic Southern cocktail.

So, for a unique and flavorful cocktail that's perfect for sipping on a warm evening, try adding black tea to your Bourbon drink. No matter what kind of cocktail you prefer, there's a Bourbon and tea recipe out there for you to enjoy.