Including tea in cocktails is one way to add character to your timeless classics. Be more adventurous and don’t be afraid to try something new. You never know what you truly enjoy unless you try. So, why not indulge in a tea cocktail! Not a fan of tea? Try the Green Tea Shot, a vibrant green shot without an ounce of tea in it. Lovely.

Smoked Tea Sour Cocktail

Tired of your old whiskey sour? Try adding lapsang souchong tea, a smoked black tea made in China to add some new dimension to your cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg white
  • 2 parts mezcal
  • 3/4 part fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 part lapsang souchong tea-infused simple syrup

Directions:

Make the tea-infused simple syrup.

    1. Add 1 cup sugar to 1 cup of water in a saucepan.
    2. Cook over low heat until sugar is dissolved. 
    3. Add 2 bags of lapsang souchong tea and remove from heat.
    4. Steep for at least 24 hours 

Make the cocktail.

    1. Dry shake all the ingredients.
    2. Add ice and shake well.
    3. Strain into a coupe glass.
    4. Garnish with loose lapsang souchong.

Peach Whiskey Iced Tea

Spike your favorite peach iced tea with whiskey and celebrate the near-end of summer. Every tea lover will love this awesome cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 3 c water
  • 4 bags tea
  • 1 c sliced peaches
  • 1 c sugar
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 oz whiskey

Directions:

  1. Steep 4 bags of tea in 3 cups of hot water.
  2. Blend sliced peaches, sugar, and lemon juice. 
  3. Transfer the tea into a pitcher and add ice to cool.
  4. Add the pureed peaches and stir well.
  5. Fill a mason jar with ice and add a few lemon wheels for garnish.
  6. Pour in the cocktail and serve with a straw.

Blueberry Tea Cocktail

Who said cocktails should only be cold? Tea lovers will love this hot brandy-spiked tea that was originally made with brandy and cough syrup (ridiculous, right?) How it was named blueberry tea later, the creator had no idea.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c hot water
  • 1 bag orange pekoe tea
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 oz Amaretto

Directions:

  1. Warm the serving glass by adding some hot water into it.
  2. Steep an orange tea bag into 1 cup of hot water.
  3. Pour out the hot water from the glass.
  4. Rim the glass with sugar.
  5. Add Grand Marnier and Amaretto into the glass.
  6. Add 3-6 oz of orange tea.
  7. Garnish with a lemon wheel

Chili Chocolate Chai Old Fashioned

Make your classic Old Fashioned more interesting by adding chili-chocolate chai. This special blend of chai tea can be bought online so you can make it in your home bar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp chili-chocolate chai
  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • ½ ox chili-chocolate chai syrup
  • Chocolate orange for garnish

Directions:

Make the chili-chocolate chai syrup.

    1. Steep the chili-chocolate chai in hot water for 30 minutes.
    2. Add the sugar and heat until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool.   

Make the Cocktail

    1. Pour bourbon and the chai syrup into a mixing glass.
    2. Add ice and stir well to chill.
    3. Strain over an old-fashioned glass filled with a large ice cube.
    4. Garnish with grated chocolate orange.

Zenamame

Beans in cocktails? Why not? Try this Japanese-inspired cocktail made with edamame, ginger, and green tea.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz gin
  • Fresh edamame beans
  • 3 slices ginger
  • Steamed edamame beans
  • 3 slices ginger
  • 1 oz green tea
  • 2 oz edamame and ginger-infused bean

Directions:

Make the edamame and ginger-infused gin.

  1. Pour the gin into a covered mason jar.
  2. Add the fresh edamame beans and ginger.
  3. Steep for 48 hours.

Make the cocktail

  1. Muddle the steamed edamame and ginger.
  2. Add the edamame-ginger infused gin and continue muddling.
  3. Add ice and green tea.
  4. Shake to chill.
  5. Drop 2-3 edamame into the tiki glass. 
  6. Double strain into the chilled tiki glass.
  7. Garnish with a ginger slice.

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