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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Peaceful Home Tea-tini

It's getting to be the steamy part of the year and when we're unwinding at night we could use something calming and refreshing.  This Lavender, Vanilla and Chamomile tea blends nicely with a quality vodka.

Time: 3 minutes
Yield: 1 Cocktail
2 oz quality vodka
1 1/2 oz sweetened Peaceful Home iced tea
Splash fresh lemon juice
Sprig Lemon Balm for garnish
Sugar for rimming

Preparation: Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with sugar. Garnish with the lemon balm.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Holy (Spirit) Roller Cocktail

This blend of Ginger Oolong, Chamomile and Mint lightly dusted with lavender flowers will roll you over with serenity and calm.

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 5 mins

Yield: 1 Cocktail

2 oz Brewed Holy Spirit tea
1 oz Cognac
1/2 oz Simple syrup
3 Mint leaves
3 Thumbnail sized pieces of Ginger
Extra mint leaf for garnish

Preparation: In a mixing glass, place syrup, mint and ginger and muddle. Pour the Cognac and fresh tea over top and muddle a little more. Strain into an ice filled glass. Garnish with a mint leaf.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Adam and Eve's Affair

This torrid affair in black tea blend is perfect for all matters of love, faithful partnership and attraction. 

4 tsp Adam and Eve tea
6 ounces gin
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1/4 cup sugar
5 dashes orange bitters
Orange and/or lemon twists, for garnish

Place a saucepan over medium heat, add 3 cups water and sugar. Reduce the heat and simmer until the mixture is reduced to 2 cups, about 10 minutes. Strain the syrup into a glass measuring cup; if you have less than 2 cups syrup, add hot water. Add the tea and steep, about 3 minutes. Gently strain the tea and cool the syrup to room temperature. Combine the syrup, gin, vermouth and bitters in a large cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, about 20 seconds, then pour into a pitcher filled with ice. Garnish with orange and/or lemon twists.

Monday, June 2, 2014

A Snake in the (Lemon) Grass

Van Van Tea's lemongrass, blood orange and ginger create a dark red tea that dances with citrus. Paired with a flavor profile of Glen Morangie,  orange and vanilla.  Bring that our with some delightful friends and you have a mildly citrus refreshment with character.

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Yield: 1 Cocktail

4 oz hot, fresh brewed Van Van tea
2 oz  Glen Morangie The Original Scotch whisky
1/2 oz Orange Blossom honey
1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1 dash Angostura bitters
Juice of one lemon wedge
Orange slice for garnish