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Mint & Lime Sweet Tea Martini

So what do you do when the cute little mint plants in your herb garden exponentially grow until they threaten to highjack the whole flower bed?  Why, you make a plethora of mint-infused simple syrup, of course.  And what do you do when it’s a summery Friday night and you have a jar of said syrup staring you down every time you open the fridge?  Well, I say you invent an adult beverage to make use of some of that minty goodness.  Introducing…the Mint & Lime Sweet Tea Martini!

Mint and Lime Sweet Tea Martini ~ made with sweet tea vodka, mint simple syrup, and a squeeze of lime  |  {Five Heart Home}The obvious cocktail choice to incorporate mint, of course, would be mojitos.  And while those are certainly on the rotation around here, drinking the aforementioned mint syrup in my iced tea made me think it might be fun to come up with a spiked version.  If you’re from the south, odds are you have sweet tea coursing through your veins.  And I don’t know if you’ve tried sweet tea vodka yet, but it’s the perfect cocktail base for those who like sweet tea and, well, vodka.  The only problem is that it tastes like the former more than the latter.  So pace yourself with these and don’t say I didn’t warn ya!

Mint Simple Syrup | {Five Heart Home}While the minty sweet tea flavors could certainly stand on their own, I think that a kick of lime adds a nice dimension.  All that sweet can benefit from a little tart.

These would be delicious by the pool, at a barbecue, or even just relaxing at home at the end of a long day.  And while I coined this concoction a martini and strained out the ice with a cocktail shaker, I think it would be equally refreshing served in a tall glass with lots of ice.  You know, like sweet tea!

Enjoy your Friday, enjoy your summer, and enjoy your Mint & Lime Sweet Tea Martinis!  I’d love to hear what you think of this recipe in the comments section!

Mint & Lime Sweet Tea Martini

Yield: 1 serving

Mint & Lime Sweet Tea Martini

This refreshing cocktail features sweet tea vodka, mint-infused simple syrup, and a squeeze of lime.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce sweet tea vodka
  • 1 ounce Mint Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
  • 4 ounces seltzer, chilled
  • Ice
  • Quarter of a lime
  • Fresh mint sprig, optional

Instructions

  1. Chill your martini glass by placing it in the freezer.
  2. Add vodka and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker, fill halfway with ice, and shake for about 30 seconds.
  3. Strain mixture into chilled martini glass. Top with seltzer (more or less, to taste).
  4. Cut lime quarter in half. Squeeze lime juice from one wedge into drink.
  5. Garnish glass with other lime wedge and, if desired, sprig of fresh mint.
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Mint-Infused Simple Syrup

Yield: approximately 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup mint leaves

Instructions

  1. In a small pot, combine water and sugar.
  2. Set pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Stir until sugar dissolves and then remove from heat.
  4. Add mint and allow to steep until syrup has cooled.
  5. Strain and discard mint leaves, pour syrup into an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
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Comments

  1. This looks super yummy! I have those same crazy mint plants and I have a neighborhood full of book club and Bunco ladies who would just love this! Thanks for the recipe! Pinned!

  2. Carmen Fenton says:

    So I tried this last night. It was yummy, although I will say that I went a little overboard with my mint syrup forgetting that the sweet tea vodka is already very sweet. My husband really liked it too, which surprised me! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Glad y’all liked it, Carmen! The mint syrup is definitely sweet, so if you added a bit too much, hopefully you were able to tone it down with a little more seltzer and lime. And if you have leftover simple syrup, you can use it this weekend in your iced tea (or save it for more martinis!). Thanks for the comment… 🙂

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