Chef Aaron McCargo’s Flying Eagle Iced Tea

Chef Aaron McCargo’s Flying Eagle Iced Tea

With a name like this you’ve got to say it before you start drinking it, so fly high and enjoy the ride.

MID-WEEK MIXERS by Naomi Blackburn

Chef Aaron McCargo's Flying Eagle Iced TeaChef Aaron McCargo’s Flying Eagle Iced Tea

Gotta admit that I LOVE Chef Aaron McCargo. When I saw this featured on his show Big Daddy’s House, I made it that second. I have tweaked his original recipe because the original could put hair on the chest of any woman and was too strong with the taste of vodka, but this stuff is pretty killer.

It combines iced tea, mint simple syrup, vodka and lemon and all I can say is YUM!

So, here we go:


Mint Simple Syrup:

1 cup          fresh lemon juice (do not use concentrate!)
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup mint leaves


1) Place FRESH LEMON JUICE and sugar in a small pan. Simmer until sugar is melted.
2) Add mint leaves and muddle into simple syrup.
3) Set aside to cool

In the meantime

Iced Tea:


4 cups cold water
2 tea bags


1) Bring water to a boil and add tea bags. Allow to steep.


1) Combine mint simple syrup, tea and 1.5 cups vodka in a pitcher. I have also used citrus vodka in this recipe.
2) Allow to chill for 4 hours
3) Serve in a tall glass with plenty of ice and mint leaves/lemon slices as garnishes.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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