"Wise Cocktails" by Jennie Ripps & Maria Littlefield
Makes 1 Cocktail
1 teaspoon white tea leaves
1/2 teaspoon rose petals
1/2 teaspoon dried strawberries
1 pinch dried lemon peel
4 1/2 ounces brewed tea base
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1 slice lemon
1. In a cup, place 6 ounces of room temperature water. You will only use 4 1/2 oz for the tea base in this recipe, so don't worry if there is extra left over. Feel free to sip, save or discard!
2. In a tea linen or tea ball, combine all of the ingredients for the tea base. Brew in the room temperature water for 10 minutes, agitating from time to time. Remove the sachet/ball.
3. In a shaker, combine 4 1/2 oz of the tea base, the vodka, and agave nectar. Dry-shake until the agave dissolves. Pour into a glass over ice. Gently swirl to chill. Garnish with the lemon slice.
Notes: White tea is complimented by clarifying and energizing lemon peel. Strawberries and rose petals add a boost of vitamin C.
*For a strawberry punch: Add 2 fresh strawberries to the shaker and muddle. Then add the tea base, vodka, and agave, and dry-shake. Serve over ice.
I love a good cockatil but sometimes I'm just too tired to mix up a bunch of stuff. Those kinds of days I turn to the good old Stirrings brand mixers I can pick up down the street at the Food Lion. Today I turned to Lemon Drop, cranberry juice and bourbon. Inspired by a Blizzard cocktail I replaced the lemon juice/sugar of tradition with the ease of the lemon drop martini mix.
Lemon Drop Blizzard
3 oz Stirrings Brand Lemon Drop Martini Cocktail Mixer
2 oz Bourbon
1 oz Cranberries
Shake with ice.
Serve in highball (or if you are in the South like me a Mason jar) with a few cranberries.
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