September 28, 2022 by Anna-Bet Stemmet
Yes, dear reader, tea cocktails are 100% a thing – and what a thing it is! Humankind has been enjoying tea in all its wonderful guises for centuries (since around 2700 BCE already), so it only makes sense that we were going to pair it with some great spirits sooner or later.
Here is our pick of ten of the easiest, most delightful tea cocktails that will have you pinky-up in no time at all:
1. Earl Grey MarTEAni Cocktail
If you like your iced tea cocktails quite sophisticated, the Earl Grey MarTEAni should be at the top of your list. This unique variation on the classic Gin Sour Cocktail combines 45ml Earl Grey tea-infused gin, 20ml fresh lemon juice, 30ml simple syrup, and one egg white.
The gin is infused with a quarter cup of Earl Grey tea leaves for two hours to impart its flavour, strained, and used in the cocktail afterward. We recommend using a London Dry Gin like Bulldog Gin.
2. Sing Like a Bee Cocktail
This sweet tea cocktail also features Early Grey-infused gin but adds citrus juice to the mix for a zestier serve. Combine 60ml of the gin with 20ml of fresh orange juice and 15ml of fresh lemon juice, along with 15ml of honey syrup. Strain and serve in a teacup with an orange twist.
3. Bourbon Tea Cocktail
The Bourbon Tea cocktail is a spiked riff on the popular Southern sweet tea enjoyed throughout the United States. It combines 45ml of smoky bourbon like Wild Turkey 101 with 15ml limoncello, and 120ml iced tea, served over ice with a lemon wheel or wedge as garnish.
4. Green Tea Punch Cocktail
Green tea cocktails are super popular at the moment, and with good reason – green tea contains plenty of antioxidants and also packs a mean caffeine punch. There are quite a number of recipes for Green Tea Punch, but this is the one we love best for serving a crowd.
Combine 660ml of freshly brewed green tea, 660ml of freshly brewed mint tea, and 1 cup of sugar in a heat-proof bowl, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Add 4 cups of ice and stir until the sugar has cooled. Now, add 600ml fresh lime juice and 660ml Appleton Estate Rum. Add a large block of ice to the punchbowl, and ladle it into cups to serve. A grating of nutmeg over the top makes a nice garnish.
5. Spiked Arnold Palmer Cocktail
If you want to make a cocktail with tea, but don’t quite feel like steeping loose-leaf tea in gin, the Spiked Arnold Palmer is where it’s at. Combine 60ml SKYY vodka, 60ml lemonade, and 90ml iced tea in a tall glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a sprig of mint, and you have a super refreshing summertime sipper ready to go.
6. Scarlet Glow Cocktail
Every now and again you need to treat yourself to a dramatic-looking drink. This is when we love to pour a Scarlet Glow Cocktail. You start by making hibiscus tea syrup by bringing one part of brewed tea and one part of sugar to the boil over high heat, and then letting it cool down. Next, you add 15ml of this to 60ml brandy, 15ml Chartreuse, and 20ml fresh grapefruit juice. Served over ice in a rocks glass, it’s exactly as delightful as it sounds.
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7. Hibiscus Tea Cobbler Cocktail
This cognac-based cocktail has a very pretty floral edge thanks to the addition of hibiscus tea. It combines 30ml Bisquit & Debouche cognac, 30ml Curaçao, 10ml grenadine, and 45ml cooled, steeped hibiscus tea, and a wheel of lemon. You first muddle the lemon wheel and grenadine in a glass and then build the rest of the ingredients over it before filling it to the top with crushed ice. Gorgeous!
8. Summer Peach Tea Cocktail
The best summer cocktails often tend to be on the fruity cocktail side of the spectrum, and this Summer Peach Tea certainly is no exception. This whiskey-based mixed drink combines 30ml Forty Creek Canadian Whisky, 30ml peach liqueur, and 120ml unsweetened, chilled iced tea. The ingredients are built over ice in a tall glass and garnished with a lemon wedge to add a little extra zest.
9. Goldwyn Follies Cocktail
Named for a musical romance from the 1930s, this contemporary classic cocktail combines 45ml Bulldog Gin, 30ml apple juice, 30ml cranberry juice, 30ml brewed black tea (chilled), and 15ml cinnamon syrup. Garnish with two apple slices and you have a picture-perfect drink.
10. Mint Julep Iced Tea
We adore a Mint Julep, and any spin-off of this refreshing drink gets a thumbs up in our books. The Iced Tea version is ideal for summer when served as a punch. Combine 6 cups of water, 1 cup of fresh mint, and 1 cup of sugar in a medium saucepan over high heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture comes to a boil. Remove it from the heat and add 6 mint herbal tea bags. Steep until cooled to room temperature. Strain it into a large jug and stir in 360ml of Wild Turkey Bourbon and one lemon, in slices. Ladle over crushed ice for a truly refreshing tea cocktail.
There you have it – ten super simple tea cocktails to try at home. Happy pouring!
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