This is a recipe I came up with after trying a hard lemonade recipe that I found. It is a very simple recipe, and very delicious too.
This is a 1 gallon recipe, it is very easy to scale up.
-1 Gallon of Arizona Southern Style Real Brewed Sweet Tea
-2 cups of corn sugar
-1 packet of Redstar Champagne Yeast
Arizona Sweet Tea has No Preservatives.
Make sure there are no preservatives because fermentation will not start with preservatives.
-sanitize a one gallon pitcher which will be used to mix the ingredients before we put it into the carboy.
-zest a lemon to get 2 teaspoons of zest.
Be careful not to get any of the white rind because it will cause off flavors to occur.
-squeeze the 2 lemons into the pitcher.(the seeds will float at the end so you can easily remove them)
-pour the Tea into the pitcher.
-add the two cups of corn sugar and stir very well.
(add more or less corn sugar depending on your target ABV, 2 cups will bring it pretty high.)
-remove the seeds, they should float to the top, but if not it will be fine to leave them in there.
-add the 2 teaspoons of zest.
-pitch the yeast into the pitcher.
-pour the pitcher into the carboy.
-put in the stopper and airlock.
-fill the airlock with cheap vodka.
This will take a few weeks to completely ferment.
I allowed mine to age in the carboy for about 6 weeks.
Then I added wine conditioner, which is just a fermentation stopper and sweetener in one.
It turned out great, my girlfriend and her friends love this stuff.(maybe that 3 way will happen
If you want to carbonate then just add some corn sugar, mix well, and bottle.
Hope yours turns out as well as mine.