I was given Venice Sunset by Elevation Tea Company to try and come up with a tea cocktail, and try I did! I kept wracking my brain on what I was going to come up with. Pair it with gin? Maybe the ginger component would make a good Moscow Mule? And then it hit me! A Whiskey Sour with a tea base! A Whiskey Sour is traditionally made with simple syrup, whiskey, lemon juice, and egg white. So, I scoured Pinterest for a bit to try and figure out how much tea I should realistically use and still be able to taste the other ingredients of the tea. I did the first attempt off-camera and with my fiance as a taste tester.
Here are the Ingredients:
- 3 ounces Venice Sunset Tea concentrate
- 2 ounces Whiskey
- 3/4 ounce Agave Nectar
- A slight squeeze of fresh Orange Juice
- 2 drops of Bitters
- 1 Egg White
It is a fairly straightforward process. The first thing you have to do is make a tea concentrate, I made mine a few hours before the cocktail because I wanted it refrigerated and cold. For a tea concentrate, double up the tea leaves you would normally use for a cup. I ended up using 3 teaspoons for just over a cup of water. I then steeped the tea for 5 minutes and let it cool on my counter for 15 minutes. After it was cooler, it went in my fridge until it was ready. Once you are ready to make your cocktail, combine all ingredients into a Cocktail Mixer, saving the egg white for last. Shake for about 10 -15 seconds and pour into your choice of glass. Add an orange peel for decoration (or orange zest). And enjoy!
The egg white made the whole drink quite beautiful and frothy. This was my first time making a tea cocktail with an egg white and I was fairly nervous about it, but it made such a nice froth on the top of the cocktail. The overall taste was slightly orangey with the taste of the whiskey also fairly prominent. The tea really pulled out the flavor of the whiskey and cut down the alcohol feeling (which I personally cannot stand the feeling of alcohol so this was perfect). The ginger also paired quite well with the whiskey creating that lovely slightly spicy feeling down my throat.
If you do not have Venice Sunset Tea, the ingredient list is Sencha green tea, orange peel, mango pieces, ginger root, Ti Kwan Yin oolong, apple pieces, safflowers, natural mango and orange flavor. I think an orange spice tea would work wonderfully as a substitute.
Do you like tea cocktails?? If you have a favorite recipe, share it in the comments! I would love to try it out. Happy Brewing!