Tracy Holleran is a local blogger and founder of The Secret Ingredient Cooking School. She has taken tea to a whole new level with these innovative cocktails. Read on...
Some like it hot. Others prefer it iced. But tea as a mixer for cocktails?
When I teamed up with Fairfield-based Bigelow Tea to develop recipes using their many brews, that is exactly what we had in mind. Sure, I developed a wide variety of dishes, both sweet and savory, but these cocktails with a twist seemed to garner most of the attention.
There are two important steps to making your tea infused cocktail:
1. For maximum flavor, prepare a super-concentrated brew using several tea bags.
2. Once the tea is lightly sweetened with some sugar, put it into the freezer to chill for about 30-45 minutes.
In no time, you’re ready to start shaking, stirring, and sipping! Mix up a batch of these cocktails and this will be one tea party no adult will want to miss!
Here are two of my favorites:
This refreshing drink is perfect for summer! Bigelow® I Love Lemon™ herb tea gives a new twist to a classic bar drink.
6 Bigelow® I Love Lemon™ tea bags
1 1/4 cups hot water
1 tablespoon sugar
¾ cup gin
1 cup seltzer
4 strips of lemon or orange peel (for garnish)
Place tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1 ¼ cups hot water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags.
Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. To chill place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.
To make one cocktail, take three tablespoons (1.5 oz) of the cooled tea and mix it with three tablespoons (1.5 oz) of the gin in a Highball glass. Top with 5 tablespoons (2.5 oz) of seltzer and serve on the rocks, with a twist of lemon or orange.
This twist on our White Chocolate Kisses™ Mar-tea-ni uses a touch of cream to bring out even more chocolate flavor.
4 Bigelow® White Chocolate Kisses™ tea bags
1¼ cups boiling water
1 tablespoon sugar
4 ounces vanilla vodka
4 ounces whipping cream
¼ cup cocoa powder (optional)
Place tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Squeeze tea bags and remove.
Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. Chill.
Prepare martini glasses by wetting the rim and dipping in a shallow dish of cocoa powder.
To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled sweet tea, one ounce of the vanilla vodka and mix it with one ounce of cream in a shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.
For more recipes using Bigelow Tea, check out the recipe section on the Bigelow web site.