Photo: Jennifer Causey Styling: Missie Neville Crawford
Hands-on Time
7 Mins
Total Time
44 Mins
Yield
Serves 8 (serving size: about 1 cup)

The trick to layering beverages is to add liquids to the glass in order of most to least dense. We put most of the sugar into the lemonade (the denser liquid)­, so be sure to swirl before swigging.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat; stir in 6 tablespoons sugar, tea bags, and habanero. Steep 5 minutes. Strain into a pitcher. Stir in 1 cup cold water. Cool completely (about 30 minutes).

Step 2

Combine remaining 3/4 cup sugar, lemon juice, and 1 cup water in a container with a tight-fitting lid; seal. Shake to dissolve sugar. Pour lemon mixture into a second pitcher with remaining 2 cups water.

Step 3

Fill 8 highball glasses with ice. Fill each glass one-third of the way with lemon mixture. Slowly pour tea mixture evenly over ice in each glass to layer the tea on top of the lemonade. Garnish with mint sprigs. Swirl before sipping.

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