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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Spicy Sips

Many tea-drinkers enjoy their daily brew all by itself, but for you more adventurous tea tasters, did you know tea can be made with alcohol too? 

As winter slowly melts away, beat the blues with an old-fashioned hot toddy. You can use plain hot water or your favorite black or green tea, which work best with the honey and lemon. 

Here's a great recipe from Bon Appetit


2 tablespoons honey
1 cup hot water
6 tablespoons bourbon or Apple Bourbon (see below for recipe)
2 3x1/2" strips lemon peel  
2 cinnamon sticks

Stir honey and water in a 2-cup measuring cup until honey dissolves. Add bourbon (or better yet, Apple Bourbon, in which case you'll use 1 Tbsp. honey). Divide between two Toddy glasses (or two mugs). Twist a strip of lemon peel over each drink, then add to glass/mug. Stir each with a cinnamon stick and serve.

To make Apple Bourbon, combine a 750-ml bottle of bourbon, 4 cored, sliced Fuji apples, and 4 cinnamon sticks in a pitcher. Cover; chill for 3 days. Strain and sip of use in recipe above.

If you like a bit more spice to your drink, try this hot tea grog from


1 oz cognac
1 oz dark rum
1 cup brewed tea
Several cloves
1/2 tsp honey
Pinch of nutmeg

Heat tea and other ingredients together in a saucepan. Serve hot with a cinnamon stick.

For a cold drink, try this alcoholic tea recipe from


1 cup apple juice
1 cup cold tea
1/2 cup pineapple juice

Pour all of the ingredients over ice, stir well and serve immediately.

Although we don't make these drinks at Sip, we have lots of delicious tea to add to your cocktails. Come in and we'll suggest a few. 

Gyokuro Japanese Green tea-perfect hot or cold!

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