I love a Sazerac cocktail. It is flush with so many complex notes: cinnamon, honey, herbs, mint, and a hint of dark tea. It's amazing, really. I decided to make an non-alcoholic iced tea that hits some of the same notes. It's quite delicious and festive. I think it would be the perfect thing to serve at your first outdoor BBQ in the spring.
Sazerac Iced Tea
1 medium orange (sliced into rounds)
1/4 teaspoon Vietnamese cinnamon (this is the kind of cinnamon that tastes like Red Hots)
1/4 cup honey
2 sprigs mint
2 iced tea bags (like Lipton)
6 cups hot water
2 cups ice
Place sliced orange, cinnamon, honey, and one of the mint sprigs into a two-quart iced tea pitcher. Add the tea bags an the hot water. Stir to incorporate the cinnamon and the honey. Allow tea to steep for three minutes. Remove tea bags and add ice. Add the reserved mint sprig to the pitcher. Serve poured over plenty of ice on a hot summer day.