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Holiday Party Inspiration: Tea-Infused Cocktails!

November 04, 2018 1 Comment

Holiday Party Inspiration: Tea-Infused Cocktails!

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I was chatting with a customer who had heard about using teas to make fun and unique cocktails. She was planning a dinner party, and had a few guests on her list who preferred something stronger than oolong or chamomile. I shared some tips with her, and her creative juices were flowing. She ended up buying 2 full shopping bags with every kind of tea, and left with a page of notes on how to get started.

If you are looking for some inspiration for creative beverages for your next social get-together, tea-infused cocktails are easy to prepare, and as a bonus, bring all the health benefits that teas provide. The various flavors can be paired with the dishes on your menu, just like you do with wine.

drink garnished with rosemary

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One of the most common question we hear is: How do I know which type of tea to choose?

Similar to choosing the best wine to serve, base your tea choices on the food you’re serving, and what flavors you want to feature. The light flavor of green teas can be paired with the same type of foods you would serve with white wine. Black tea, oolong, and puehr teas are richer in body and flavor than green tea; herbal tea flavors range from light and fresh to powerful and pungent.

For simplicity, I have arranged the teas into 4 categories: fruity, fresh, decadent, and herbal.

drinks garnished with citrus and herbs

Here is a basic cocktail recipe that will make 8 drinks

You will need:

12 ounces (1.5 cups) base alcohol (vodka, tequila, brandy, rum, bourbon, etc)

3 – 4 tablespoons loose leaf tea

Additional ingredients for fun and flavor: fresh fruits, organic citrus peel, sprigs of fresh herbs, coconut sugar, fruit juice, sparkling water

Soak the tea in the alcohol for 4 hours, then strain out the tea leaves, pressing out as much liquid from the leaves as possible.

Measure out one ounce of the tea-infused liquor into an ice-filled glass. Add in your garnishes, flavors, and juices as desired.

So let's get started! Here are some easy recipes that you can use as-is, or customize to include your favorite ingredients. 

red drink with lemon twist

Fun and fruity

Pomegranate Power

You will need:

12 oz vodka

3 – 4 tablesooons I Heart Pomegranates (you can also use plain hibiscus or your favorite herb or fruit tea)

Pomegranate juice

Lemon twists for garnish

Soak the I Heart Pomegranates in vodka for 4 hours, then strain out the tea leaves, pressing out as much liquid from the leaves as possible

Fill a small tumbler with crushed ice. In a shaker glass, blend 1 oz. of the tea-infused vodka with 3 to 4 oz pomegranate juice. Pour over the ice, and garnish with the lemon twist.

Fresh and light

Moroccan Mint Mojito

You will need:

12 oz rum

3 – 4 tablespoons Moroccan Rose Mint (you can substitute plain spearmint or peppermint tea)

Sugar 

Fresh mint leaves

Sparkling water or club soda

Lime juice

Soak the Moroccan Rose Mint in the rum for 4 hours, then strain out the tea leaves, pressing out as much liquid from the leaves as possible

In a cocktail glass, muddle a sprig of fresh mint leaves (gently crush with a wooden spoon) along with 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar

Fill the glass 2/3 with ice, and add 1 oz of the tea-infused rum, and 2 oz lime juice. Top off with sparkling water and garnish with a mint leaf

drink with cream

Decadent and rich

Chocolate Cherry Bon Bon

You will need:

12 oz brandy

3 – 4 tablespoons Cherry Bomb (or substitute your favorite black tea)

Chocolate syrup (make your own: blend 5 tablespoons raw cacao powder with ½ cup maple syrup, and stir until smooth)

Heavy cream or chilled coconut milk

Dark sweet cherries for garnish (you can use canned or frozen cherries)

Soak the Cherry Bomb (or black tea) in the brandy for 4 hours, then strain out the tea leaves, pressing out as much liquid from the leaves as possible

Fill a tumbler with ice. Pour in 1 oz. tea-infused brandy, 1 or more tablespoons of chocolate syrup, and top with the cream or chilled coconut milk

orange drinks with garnish

Herbal flavors

Brainiac Screwdriver

You will need

12 oz vodka

3 – 4 tablespoons An Elephant Never Forgets (or substitute your favorite green tea)

Orange juice

Fresh rosemary sprig for garnish

Soak An Elephant Never Forgets or green tea in vodka for 4 hours, then strain out the tea leaves, pressing out as much liquid from the leaves as possible

Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour in 1 oz tea-infused vodka. Fill the rest of the way with orange juice, and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

 

Click here for a tasty hibiscus sangria recipe

Here are a few more suggestions to spark your creativity that using bestselling Loose Leaf tea blends:

Have you ever made tea-infused cocktails? We would love to hear!

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




1 Response

Denise
Denise

November 04, 2018

I have been making “tea” cocktails for many years. I especially enjoy using Hibiscus tea, Mint tea, and Chamomile Lavender tea. I recently tried decaf Earl Grey infused with bergamot and lime leaves with gin. I’m looking to create some news ones using organic tequila next!

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