Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Tea Cocktails

Lately, I've been concocting some tea liqueurs and cocktails. I find that they are great for cold weather, especially at holiday parties. I just posted seven tea cocktail recipes on VeeTea. Here's the recipe for my current favorite:

Earl Green Liqueur

1 pint good quality vodka
3 teaspoons Earl Green Tealeaves (or, if you prefer, Earl Grey)
Simple syrup to taste (about 3/4 cup)*

Steep the tealeaves in the vodka for about 20 hours, but no more than 24. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Add simple syrup to taste. Serve chilled or over ice.

*Simple syrup is easy to make and can be used for iced tea, liqueurs, and any other liquid you don't want to heat in order to sweeten. It keeps for about 2-3 weeks sealed and refridgerated.

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water

Bring water to a boil. Stir in sugar until it dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool. Store in a sealed jar or Tupperware container.

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hyacinthgirl said...

Have you tried the Charbay Green Tea Vodka? It's actually made with Green Tea. A Lapsang Souchong liqueur should be just around the corner!

VeeTea said...
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VeeTea said...

Actually, I haven't! I'll look out for it. St George Spirits used to make a Lapsang Souching vodka, but it seems they don't anymore (or, at least not enough to distribute it). I look forward to seeing Charbay's on the market! In the meantime, there's always Qi Black and White tea liqueurs, and the homemade stuff.