Author Aly Dort / Category Lifestyle / Published: August 2019
DIY Loose Leaf Tea Infused Cocktails
It’s the season for gathering over delicious foods and fancy drinks, but before you go out and stock up on a cart full of fancy ingredients and pre-made drink mixes, take a peak at 3 simple recipes we’ve stirred up for you, infused with our delicious loose leaf tea blends!
These cocktails are so easy to make and chances are that even the newest of tea lovers has most of these ingredients around the house.
We designed these loose leaf tea cocktails to be user friendly so that you can mix one up at home, any time, with minimal bar supplies and no mixology experience or skills required!
Fair warning, though: once your guests take a sip, they’ll be convinced you’re a pro and you may just have to share your secret.
Chai Love You (Hot Toddy)
-2oz of heavily steeped Chai Love You loose leaf tea blend
-.05z 100% pure maple syrup
-cinnamon stick for garnish
First, you’ll want to steep your Chai tea.
Once steeped, add in your rum and then mix in the maple syrup. Use your cinnamon stick to stir your delicious and comforting cocktail. Ta-da!
How easy was that!
This cocktail is not only a warm and flavourful hug disguised as a cocktail, but it can be a killer nightcap too, if you sub your Chai blend for a caffeine-free herbal chai!
Pineapple Punch Mar-Tea-Ni
-Pineapple Punch loose leaf tea blend
-1oz exotic fruit juice
-Splash sparkling wine
-Exotic fruit for garnish
Now, this one is going to make you look like a pro!
Take your Pineapple Punch and steep it directly into your vodka for at least 2-3 hours. If you’re able to steep it overnight, that’s even better! The vodka will take on the colour and essence of the tea to create a beautiful colour and flavour.
Toss the tea leaves, and pour the tea-infused vodka into your martini shaker with ice, some exotic fruit of choice and a touch of lemon juice.
Now shake what your mama gave ya! (The martini shaker, that is)
Strain into a chilled martini glass and top with a splash of sparkling wine to give it some effervescent texture.
Finally, add an exotic fruit of choice for garnish (Like a slice of pineapple) and voila!
A Berry Delicious Cocktail
-1oz steeped Berry Me In Kisses Simple Syrup
-3oz cava/sparkling wine/champagne: whichever you have on hand!
-freshly sliced berries for garnish
To make the Berry Me In Kisses simple syrup, you’ll want to combine equal parts of water and sugar and bring to a boil. Add in Berry Me In Kisses loose leaf tea to steep for 8 minutes and set aside to cool.
Next, put frozen berries in the bottom of your glass and (once cooled), add in 1oz of your tea-infused simple syrup. Top your glass with your champagne, sparkling wine or cava and add a sliced berry to the top of your glass for garnish.
The frozen berries will act as “ice cubes” and keep your drink cold longer, while adding to the flavour!
Don’t forget to snap a photo of your gorgeous creations before devouring them and tag us on Instagram (@tease_tea) with your thoughts!
Do you have any loose leaf tea infused cocktail recipes? Why not share them below?
Aly Dort is a freelance illustrator and stationery designer living in Halifax, N.S. She is passionate about mental health, social sustainability and empowering those around her.