Summer Sweet Tea Cooler

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Tea makes the perfect cocktail ingredient, quickly imparting a complex flavor to your vodka. In this take on sweet tea, sure to be a summertime front-porch all-star, orange pekoe tea plays the starring roll. Start by pouring two and a half ounces of Vodka 14 over ice into a martini shaker. Place a bag of orange pekoe tea in 3 ounces of hot water and allow it to steep for two minutes. Add this concentrated tea to the shaker and add a heaping teaspoonful of organic, fair trade blue agave sweetener (simple syrup may be substituted) and the juice of a wedge of orange. Shake vigorously. Strain and pour over ice into a tall soda fountain glass. Garnish with an orange wedge and a sprig of fresh mint and serve with a long straw.