Fantastic Feasts: Magically boozy Midnight Texas Tea

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Aug 7, 2017

Midnight, Texas, the supernatural series from NBC and author Charlaine Harris, is heating up the airwaves this summer.  Featuring a blend of vampires, witches, psychics, action, adventure, romance, and a talking cat named Mr. Snuggly, there’s a little bit of something for everybody.
Of course, with a series this hot, we knew we had to come up with an equally cool and magically infused drink.

Behold, the Magical Midnight Texas Tea


This inky black glass of sweet and slightly spicy tea shimmers with icy shards of sparkling magic, a hint of cinnamon heat, and a good kick of booze.  So kick back, pour yourself a glass, and get lost in Midnight.

To make your own Magical Midnight Texas Tea you will need:

  • 3 family sized tea bags (2 regular, 1 cinnamon orange)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups water - divided
  • 1/4 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 11/2 cups whiskey
  • Black food coloring
  • Edible silver glitter
  • Edible star sprinkles
  • Sprig of fresh mint
  • Plain ice cubes (about 2 cups)

You will also need:

  • Large cooking pot or teapot
  • Ice cube tray
  • Pitcher
  • Blender or food processor
  • Tall glass

This recipe starts with a thick, modified simple syrup.  Bring your first 2 cups of water to a boil.  Add in your sugar and baking soda and stir to dissolve. 

Once your sugar is completely dissolved, add in all of your tea bags and your cinnamon stick.

Place this mixture into your fridge and allow to cool completely down.  I left mine for 24 hours to really get a good, deep, strong tea flavor.

Once it has cooled, drain off 1 cup of your tea syrup and return the rest to the fridge.

Add in your black food coloring and silver glitter.

Transfer this thick, sugary mixture to your ice cube tray and freeze completely. 

Mix in your remaining 3 cups of water to your tea syrup.  You should now have a pitcher of just plain somewhat sweet tea.  Don’t add any more sugar at this point … we’ll be adding more sweetness later on.  Strain out your tea bags and cinnamon stick.

Now it's time to make it Midnight Tea!

Gather together your whiskey, sweet tea, black sugar ice cubes, regular ice cubes, and your sprig of mint.

Pop your black sugar ice cubes into a food processor or blender and pulse to crush.

Do the same with your regular cubes as well.

Add your 1 1/2 cups of whiskey (or more or less, depending on your taste) to your sweet tea.  

To serve, fill your glass halfway up with a layer of clear crushed ice.  Pour in half a glass of your tea mixture.  Add more ice as needed to keep the level at halfway.  Layer the rest of your glass with the black sugar ice, sprinkling in star sprinkles as you go.  

Top with the rest of your tea mixture and a sprig of mint.

As the black ice melts, it will filter down through the clear ice, creating a sweet, sunset effect, bringing Midnight to your glass.

Once it’s fully mixed, use your straw to stir it up and enjoy the sparkling, starry, magical effect!

This recipe can also be made in a non-boozy version.  Simply substitute 1 ½ glasses of water for your whiskey and enjoy!