Team Up With Tea!
In the May/June issue of Alternative Medicine, we discuss the growing trend of tea-based cocktails. If you missed it, here’s a quick recap: Bartenders, mixologists, and businesses are teaming up to craft cocktails using tea rather than traditional soda mixers, and these combinations are popping up on drinks menus nationwide to offer healthier and refreshing alternatives.
One company that has jumped on the bandwagon is Teatulia, a company named for the region in Northern Bangladesh where its teas are grown and harvested. From their compostable canisters to their natural pest and weed controls, these teas are both sustainable and certified organic—they are eco-friendly and super yummy!
To skip the brewing and get right down to business, try Owl’s Brew. This line of tea-based mixers was designed specifically to be paired with liquor, and all their products are fresh-brewed from real, whole spices, fruits, and herbs and sweetened with agave nectar. Additionally, Owl’s Brew drinks have about one-third the calories of comparable cocktails.
Bonus: For underage or sober party guests, both Teatulia teas and Owl’s Brew mixers taste great without alcohol.
June is National Iced Tea month, so bring summer fun from the bar to your own backyard with these easy drink recipes. Head to your kitchen and get a-mixin’!
Tequila Cilantro Cocktail
>>Muddle 2 cilantro leaves with a splash of lime juice
2 ½ ounces Blanco tequila
1 ounce lemongrass simple syrup
½ ounce fresh lime juice
>>Shake over ice and strain into a cocktail glass
>>Float a thin slice of jalapeno on the top
>>For lemongrass simple syrup: steep 2 bags of Teatulia Lemongrass Tea in 16 ounces of hot water with 6 ounces of organic palm sugar. Cover and allow to cool completely. Refrigerate after use. Holds up to a week.
Source: Sarig Agasi, submitted to teatulia.com
Brandie’s Summer Tea
>>1 part Bacardi Limon (citrus rum)
>>1 part Amaretto
>>Teatulia Ginger Herbal Infusion Tea (cooled)
Inspired by: Brandie Mitchell, recipe on barnonedrinks.com
>>2 parts Absolut Citron (citrus vodka)
>>1 part Twisted Lemonade
>>Teatulia Tulsi Infusion Tea
>>2 ounces vodka
>>Teatulia Neem Nectar Tea
>>Splash cranberry juice
>>Garnish with fresh sliced lime
Black and White
>>2 parts gin
>>2 parts Teatulia Black Tea
>>1 part soda water // tonic water
>>Garnish with fresh sliced lemon // lime
>>Stir in a touch of honey to sweeten
For more Teatulia recipes, visit teatulia.com/cooking-with-tea.htm
Owl’s Brew blends taste a bit sweeter than the Teatulia teas—they are tea-based mixers designed specifically with your favorite booze in mind.
First, an Owl’s Brew overview: Optimum mix ratio is 2 parts mixer + 1 part alcohol. Serve over ice or shake it up!
A blend of fresh-brewed English Breakfast and lemon peel, lemon juice, lime juice, citric acid, ascorbic acid, and agave, The Classic pairs well with vodka, tequila, or whiskey.
A blend of black tea, coconut, chai spices, agave, pineapple juice, coconut water, and citric acid, Coco-Lada pairs well with spiced rum, champagne, or tequila.
>>Pink & Black
A blend of darjeeling, hibiscus, and lemon peel, with strawberry juice, lemon juice, agave, citric acid, and ascorbic acid, Pink & Black pairs well with bourbon, whiskey, tequila, or gin.
Second, some simple recipes recommended by the folks at Owl’s Brew:
>>Muddle fresh strawberries and raspberries
2 parts Pink & Black
1 part tequila
>>Shake and pour over ice
>>Garnish with fresh mint
>>Float in glass (or pitcher):
>>Add equal parts:
White wine (try Riesling or Pinot Grigio for a sweeter drink, or Chardonnay for a dry taste)
Pink & Black
The Naked Brew
1 part The Classic
1 part wheat beer (look for fruity wheats, such as Blue Moon Belgian White or Abita Purple Haze)
>>Serve in chilled pint glass
>>Garnish with complementary fruit (orange accompanies Blue Moon, raspberry floats in Purple Haze)
>>2 parts Coco-Lada
>>1 part vodka or rum
>>1 part ginger liqueur
>>Shake all ingredients and pour into a martini glass
>>Garnish with fresh ginger
For more recipes and products—including custom-crafted loose-leaf tea blends—visit theowlsbrew.com