My tea consumption has gone up exponentially. I start my day with black breakfast tea, have multiple varieties in the middle of the day, and end with a chamomile or sleepytime tea. But sometimes, just sometimes, I want something a bit stronger after dinner. This quarantine has allowed me to be a bit more creative now that I have 10 more hours to my week that I normally would have spent commuting to work. I am drinking tea, trying to paint with tea, and yes, making tea cocktails. I wracked my brain to think of what to experiment with and it dawned on me. What better way to make my favorite cocktail – a Moscow Mule – than with a strong ginger tea? I got to it right away and here is my recipe:
- 1 cup Ice
- 1/2 cup Red Date Ginger Tea (from Red Root Shop)
- 2 ounces Vodka
- 1 ounce Lime Juice
- 1 Lime Slice for Garnish
A Moscow Mule might be one of the easiest cocktails to make. For this recipe, first heat water up to about 185 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a metal infuser, I just put the Red Date Ginger Tea cube in to make sure my cocktail does not get any little ginger or date bits in it. I then either allow it to cool for a few hours in the fridge or put in a few ice cubes. Grab a Moscow Mule mug (as you can see, I could not find one but tried to find something similar) and fill it up with ice. Combine tea, lime juice, and vodka all together in the mug. Top with a lime slice and enjoy!
I love Moscow Mules. This tea just makes a wonderful substitute for ginger beer, and I love the extra sweetness from the brown sugar (which is in the tea cube) which helps mask any vodka taste. I highly urge you to experiment with your tea, especially if you are stuck at home. Maybe put all of your teas together and see how it tastes (I have done this), create a tea cocktail (guilty), or just stick to the basics and enjoy tea in its natural state. I hope everyone is staying safe, Happy Brewing!