Editor's Note: If you are looking for a wonderful and refreshing summer cocktail, we have a great suggestion for you. A Bayou Zinger has a summer feel to it, while giving you nice evening drink in the process. Southern Comfort and Grand Marnier are the two main alcoholic beverages that make up this cocktail, which you ultimately mix in with sweet tea. This drink also contains some lemon juice. It is a beverage that goes down smoothly and helps you relax and enjoy the warm summer breezes.
Laissez Les Bon Temps Roullez... This refreshing cooler features two very well-known liqueurs. The first is New Orleans’s own much-loved Southern Comfort, which was created in 1874 by a bartender named M.W. Heron, who took the initiative to add fresh fruit to his whiskey-which was often rough around the edges-in order to make it more palatable. More than 125 years later, it is made in much the same fashion. Often mistaken for a whiskey, Southern Comfort is actually a whiskey-based liqueur, with just the right balance of orange and ripe, juicy, peach flavors, perfect for building cocktails. If used as a base spirit, consider using plenty of fresh lemon juice for balance. It is the iced sweet tea that offers the “zing” in this recipe-a touch of dry against the sweet fruity backdrop of the Bayou Zinger. Just six years younger than Southern Comfort, Grand Marnier is perhaps one of the most recognized bottles on any back bar-a delicious cognac-based orange liqueur with rich, complex citrus and floral tones. It’s made with a singular Caribbean orange variety picked while still green and at its most aromatic. The Bayou Zinger always makes me think of good southern hospitality, a plate of Chef Duke’s amazing fried oysters, and a cool Bayou breeze—if there is such a thing?
Total Timeunder 1 hour
Type of DishAlcoholic Beverage, Beverage, Cocktails
- 1½ oz (45 ml) Southern Comfort
- ½ oz (15 ml) Grand Marnier
- 2 oz (60 ml) fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 2 oz (60 ml) iced sweet tea
In a mixing glass, add Southern Comfort, Grand Marnier, and fresh lemon juice; shake with ice until well blended. Strain into an ice-filled Mason jar or goblet. Top with iced sweet tea. Garnish with a wedge of lemon and sprig of mint.
Sweet tea is another traditional southern favorite. You can sue herbal tea, such as Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger and honey. The suggested formula includes 2 cups (480 ml) of water, 2 teabags, and 2 ounces (60 ml) of clover honey. After boiling the water and removing it from the heat, add the teabags and the honey and steep for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove tea bags and let cool. Refrigerate until ready to use.
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2010 Tony Abou-Ganim