Iced Tea and Whisky Cocktails

In the event you affiliate iced tea cocktails solely with Lengthy Island, it’s time to strive one thing extra refined. Combining iced tea with whisky works for 2 causes, says Stacie Stewart, beverage director at Nami in Louisville. “The primary is that the tannins in tea present sufficient construction so as to add depth to a drink that might in any other case be overpowered by such a strongly flavored spirit. The second is that the subtler notes of whiskies which can be usually exhausting to discern on their very own may be amplified with the herbaceous flavors and aromas of the tea pairing.”

Totally different teas pair greatest with completely different types of whisky. “Sweeter and lighter teas can play effectively with spice in a whisky, whereas bitter black teas can stability out sweetness in a whisky,” explains Ivan Papic, beverage director of New York Metropolis’s Sweetbriar. Regardless of the mixture, these cocktails are the proper technique to kick off spring.


Highland Tea

Created by Sarah Fay Lawson-Stopps, bar supervisor, NOPA, San Francisco

“The slight tannic grip of inexperienced tea pairs completely with the wealthy sweetness of the scotch’s sherry-seasoned casks, making for a cocktail that evokes the heat and freshness of a sunny spring day,” Lawson-Stopps says.

  • 2 oz. Highland Park 12 12 months previous (or different sherry cask-matured single malt scotch)
  • ½ oz. velvet falernum
  • ¼ oz. violet liqueur
  • ¼ oz. easy syrup
  • 2 oz. brewed jasmine inexperienced tea, cooled
  • 1 oz. membership soda
  • 1-2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • Edible flower (equivalent to a violet) and lemon twist for garnish

In a wine or spritzer glass, mix scotch, velvet falernum, violet liqueur, easy syrup, and tea. Add an ice dice and soda and stir. Float bitters on prime of the cocktail and garnish with edible flower and lemon twist.


…Is a Rose

Created by Stacie Stewart, beverage director, Nami, Louisville

Balsamic vinegar provides umami to this refreshing cocktail, making it straightforward to drink alone or paired with the lighter fare of an early season picnic, Stewart says.

  • 4 oz. brewed rose tea, cooled
  • ½ oz. strawberry syrup (recipe under)
  • 1½ oz. 4 Roses Small Batch (or any bourbon with out numerous caramel and vanilla notes)
  • Orange slice
  • 1 sprint Charge Brothers Rose Water or edible rose petals for garnish

Add tea, syrup, and bourbon to a Collins glass. Stir to mix, then place orange slice within the glass and fill with crushed ice. Add rose water or rose petals for garnish.

Strawberry Syrup

  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup contemporary basil leaves, torn
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Place all substances in a medium saucepan and produce to a boil over excessive warmth. Cut back warmth to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Take away from warmth and permit to relaxation for five minutes, then pour by way of a fine-mesh strainer to take away all solids. Retailer in an hermetic container and refrigerate for as much as 1 week.


Ivan Papic, beverage director, Sweetbriar, New York

Apricot jam and honey-ginger syrup improve the creamy sweetness and spice of blended scotch, whereas the bitterness of English breakfast tea ensures this drink isn’t too candy.

  • 2 oz. Monkey Shoulder blended malt scotch (or different blended malt scotch)
  • ¾ oz. honey-ginger syrup (recipe under)
  • 1 oz. contemporary lemon juice
  • 2 oz. brewed English Breakfast tea, cooled
  • 1 heaping barspoon apricot jam
  • ¼ oz. Laphroaig 10 12 months previous (or different peated scotch)

Recent or dehydrated lemon wheel for garnish Add all substances to a shaker tin with ice. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. Pressure over contemporary ice in a Collins glass. Garnish with lemon wheel.

Honey-Ginger Syrup

  • 1 cup honey
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 knob (about 1½ oz.) contemporary ginger, peeled and sliced

Mix honey and water in a small pot. Deliver to a simmer, add ginger, and simmer for 1 to 2 extra minutes, stirring often. Take away from warmth and funky to room temperature. Pressure out ginger. Hold refrigerated in a sealed container for as much as 1 month.



Created by Chris Tunstall, mixologist and co-founder, A Bar Above, Carlsbad, California

“[The longer] this twist on a basic whiskey candy tea sits, the flavors remodel and meld collectively, permitting the sweetness to play off of the lemon’s acidity in a palate-quenching trend,” Tunstall says.

  • 1½ oz. bourbon
  • ½ oz. contemporary lemon juice
  • ½ oz. pineapple-vanilla syrup (recipe under)
  • 4 oz. brewed mint tea, cooled

Vanilla bean and mint sprig for garnish Add bourbon, lemon juice, and syrup to a shaker tin. Add ice and shake flippantly to combine. Pressure right into a Collins glass or mason jar, prime with tea, add contemporary ice, and flippantly stir to combine. Garnish with vanilla bean and mint sprig.

Pineapple Vanilla Syrup

  • 2 vanilla beans
  • ½ cup demerara sugar
  • ½ cup cane sugar
  • 1 cup freshly chopped pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup water

Break up vanilla beans and take away the seeds. Mix with sugars and pineapple. Deliver water to boil in a saucepan over excessive warmth. Add solids and take away the pan from the warmth. Macerate the solids within the water till the pineapple is extra of a pulp. Let sit for five to 7 minutes to permit the sugar to dissolve and flavors infuse. Pressure by way of a tremendous mesh strainer right into a jar. Hold refrigerated for two to three weeks.


Silk Highway

Created by Stefan Huebner, proprietor and chief mixologist, Dot Dot Dot, Charlotte, North Carolina

“The sunshine malted notes from the Japanese whisky play nice with the floral notes from the hibiscus tea and stability out with citrus, making this cocktail a fancy however straightforward drinker,” Huebner says.

  • 1½ oz. Suntory Toki (or different Japanese whisky)
  • ½ oz. Cointreau
  • 3 oz. brewed hibiscus tea, cooled
  • ¾ oz. contemporary lemon juice
  • 1 oz. membership soda
  • Bundle of 4-6 basil leaves for garnish

Add whisky, Cointreau, tea, and lemon juice to an ice-filled shaker tin. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Pressure into an ice-filled pilsner glass and prime with membership soda. Give basil a delicate slap, then place in drink to garnish.

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