These simple and delightful drinks are the perfect way to combine cocktail hour with tea time. The possibilities are endless!
Here are some of our specialty tea-infused cocktails developed by star mixologist Laura Silverman of the Outside Institute

Bottoms up!

Mumbai Mule
2 oz. saffron and cardamom-infused vodka
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. Moscow Mule syrup (use 2 heaping tablespoons of tea. See below for recipe for simple syrup)
Splash of ginger beer
Crystallized ginger garnish

* For non-alchoholic mocktail: no vodka and increase ginger beer

The Watercooler
2 oz. Watermelon Tea
2 oz. blanco tequila
1 oz. Man Tea syrup (use 2 heaping tablespoons of tea. See below for recipe for simple syrup)
1 oz fresh lime juice
2 dashes of chile bitters
pinch of sea salt

Söder Up
2 oz. bourbon
2 oz. Söder Tea
2 oz. strawberry-rhubarb syrup
Fresh strawberry garnish

MOCKTAILS (non alcoholic)

Catskills Harvest Cooler
Mix Catskills Harvest tea with fresh lemon juice, rose petal syrup and rose citrus bitters.

Kyoto Cooler
Kyoto Tea (green sencha with cherry and rose)
Wild Rose petal syrup (recipe here)
Lemon juice
Rose-citrus bitters
Pickled cherry

Genmaicha tea (bancha green tea with popped rice)
Chaga syrup and tincture
Vanilla Bean
Crystallized ginger

To make a simple syrup combine equal parts sugar and water plus flavoring. Bring to boil. Let steep for approximately 20 min. (you can find some terrific flavored syrup recipes here) Strain and let cool.

Here are some additional recommendations for enjoying Tay Tea's Cocktail Teas.

Iced Watermelon Tea with Vodka

Iced Moscow Mule with Gin

Use iced Söder Tea as a base for sangria


Hot Toddy with Apple Cider and Rooibos Tea

Warm and toasty and just in time for the holidays, the Hot Toddy is a cold weather classic and it is very simple to make.

The basic recipe requires only a base liquor, honey, lemon, and our Better Than Sex tea. The best part is that you can put your own spin on this iconic drink.

Brandy, rum or whiskey all make an excellent base for the Hot Toddy and which you choose will be a matter of personal taste.

Servings 2 servings, approx. 1 cup each

1 cup all-natural apple cider (or unfiltered apple juice)
1 cup water
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1- inch slice lemon peel
1 cinnamon stick (or ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon)
1 thick slice fresh ginger, coarsely chopped
1 cup Better Than Sex strong brew

Place apple cider, water, lemon juice, lemon peel, cinnamon and ginger small saucepan.

Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn off heat.

Add 1 cup of Better Than Sex (steep for 10 to 15 minutes and filter).

Add a shot of brandy rum or whiskey to taste.


Tips for tea cocktails
When it comes to making tea cocktails the choices are endless. However it is important to pay attention to tea brewing times and temperatures to maximize the flavors of your tea drinks. You get the most flavor from your tea if you use the hot brewing method. Chill the tea before making a cocktail. Place in freezer for a few minutes. Add garnishes (fresh mint leaves, fruit, and spices) as desired. Enjoy!

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