Tea Cocktails - Be inspired
We've been busy with our alchemy, doing what we do best, creating tea cocktails. As an ingredient tea is the perfect partner in cocktails and what's more there's a lot of tea in the world to choose from. From single origin to rare, herbal to flowering, we are blessed with so many varieties that totally personalises and compliments the ritual of tea making.
Our tea partners The Tea Makers of London source and blend some of the finest teas from around the world ensuring our tea liqueurs capture these incredible natural tea varieties. When sipped over ice or used as an ingredient in cocktails and paired with food that elevates eating to an experience celebrated around the dinning table, tea is undeniably the best kept secret cocktail ingredient....
We want to encourage, inspire and celebrate tea cocktails, so tea can become as synonymous as coffee liqueur is to Espresso Martinis. To help with your tea liqueur exploration we've created exciting new tea cocktails which are adaptations of some of our favourite classic cocktails. You'll be amazed at just how good tea cocktails are and using tea liqueurs adds a certain familiarity that will make you and your guests smile.
Be creative, be imaginative and above all drink more tea cocktails!
Afternoon Margarita - Fragrant & sour, makes for a lemony Margarita
Aptly named Afternoon Margarita, characterised by an afternoon tea. Whilst you may be familiar with lime juice in margaritas and unfamiliar with lemon and orange juice, partnering both citruses creates a balance of sweet and tangy flavours. These citrus notes complement the tea liqueur and mellows the spiciness of tequila. The addition of coriander taps into the 5th flavour element umami, for an uplifting margarita experience.
- 50ml tequila blanco/silver
- 30ml Camellia Tea Liqueur (both Camellia & Camellia Decaf work well)
- 10ml simple syrup*
- 20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 10ml freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 sprigs of coriander
- 1 coriander leaf to garnish
Put all ingredients into a cocktail shaker (saving one coriander leaf for garnish), add ice and shake until cold. Double strain into a margarita glass and garnish with the coriander sprig.
An Afternoon Margarita pairs very well with Mexican foods, cajun foods, salsas and curry.
MoTEAto - Refreshing take on a Mojito with undertones of Umami
Pronounced muh-TEA-tow and an adaptation of the classic Mojito, combines cucumber with green tea. It’s this savoury combination that adds nuances of mild melon and grassy pineapple to a sparkling and refreshing cocktail. The result is sweet and tangy, with green herbaceous notes that is delectably moreish.
- 50ml white rum
- 40ml Ryokucha Green Tea Liqueur
- 15ml simple syrup*
- 50ml soda water
- 25ml freshly squeezed lime juice
- 3cm slice of cucumber, diced
- Mint leaves x 8
- Sprig of mint for garnish
Place the mint, syrup, lime and diced cucumber into a shaker and gently muddle for 10-20 seconds. Add the rum, tea liqueur, handful of ice and briefly shake until cooled. Double strain into a highball glass filled with ice and top with soda water. Slap the mint sprig in your hand to release the natural oils, enhancing the aroma and garnish.
Try pairing a MoTEAto to foods such as crisp salads (Caesar/Nicoise), grilled fish, light curries and salsa.
Fatherhood - Bright, fruity and exquisitely complex
Fasten your seat belts and celebrate Fathers day with this rum based cocktail that takes you on a worldwide journey. Setting off from the Caribbean (rum), crossing the North Pacific Ocean to China (tea). Across Eurasia to Germany (Schnapps) and pop over the English Channel to England (Brandy). It’s this worldwide effort binding tropical fruits, spice, citrus, tannins and peach that makes for an exquisitely complex yet moreish Fathers Day treat.
- 45ml Camellia Decaf (both Camellia Tea Liqueur & Camellia decaf work well)
- 40ml Barbados dark rum
- 10ml Cotswold Brandy - Poulton Hill
- 10ml peach schnapps
- 10ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 5ml simple syrup*
Combine all ingredients into a shaker and add a handful of ice. Shake until cooled and strain into a rocks glass and top with ice.
Try pairing a Fatherhood with steak, cheese & cured meats, chocolate brownies & ice cream.
*Simple syrup - Combine 1 part sugar to 1 part water and heat in a saucepan until the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool.