PURE BLACKBERRY SMASH
BY MARCUS SAMUELSSON FOR PURE LEAF TEA HOUSE COLLECTION
Serves 2 For the drink:
4 blackberries muddled
1/8 cup Thyme Simple Syrup
¼ cup Pure Leaf Tea House Collection Black Tea Wild
Blackberry & Sage
½ oz lemon juice
1 ½ oz bourbon
3 ounces sparkling water or gingerale
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a large shaker. Shake and double strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a skewer of fresh blackberries. For alcoholic version: Add 1 oz four roses bourbon.
For the thyme-infused simple syrup:
1 cups water
½ cup sugar
1 fresh thyme sprigs
Directions: In a saucepan over low heat, combine the water and sugar, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and add the thyme sprigs. Let steep for 10 minutes, then cool to room temperature before using. Place the unused simple syrup in a sealed container and store in fridge for up to 2 weeks. Virgin Version: Double the amount of tea and serve without bourbon.
TIP: Infusing a simple syrup with herbs, such as thyme, basil, rosemary is a great way to add another flavor to your iced tea, your cocktails or marinades at home. ©2017 PURE LEAF and TEA HOUSE COLLECTION are trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies used under license.