Drink of the week: Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea

Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea

Carol Channing isn’t the only one who loves Raspberries

We have reached the end of National Iced Tea Month and this last themed drink of the week is sure to be your favorite. Sip on this happy marriage of Chambord and Iced Tea in our Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea Cocktail.

Drink of the week: Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea

We are so happy National Iced Tea Month came, but we are sad to see it leave. So we are going to end this National Iced Tea Month Cocktail Series with a bang! It is Fourth of July Weekend after all. We are looking forward to some R&R, family time, and of course fireworks. We have some amazing fireworks displays here in the Port City and surrounding beach communities that would make Gatsby jealous.

Great Gatsby Fireworks Giph from Giphy.

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The Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea was inspired by my first experience tasting Chambord, a raspberry liqueur. On its own, I found Chambord too sweet to drink straight, but when paired with the strong, full-bodied taste of black tea, the raspberry liqueur became much more tolerable for my sweet tooth. Which is why the Simple Syrup is optional in this recipe. I included it for some of our readers who prefer sweet iced tea to unsweetened tea.

Since this is Fourth of July Weekend, this Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea recipe was made as a pitcher cocktail. Meaning the recipe should yield 6 to 8 servings when served in highball or collins glasses. You’ll get much more out of the recipe if you serve them in mini mason jars or old fashioned glasses, though. Nothing says ‘American chic’ like drinking fancy cocktails out of mason jars. Let’s say Cheers to the birth of our nation with a glass of Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea.

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Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea

Yields: 6-8 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 12 Ounces Chambord Liquor
  • 4 Ounces Vodka
  • 64 Ounces Black Tea
  • Simple Syrup [Optional]
  • Raspberries & Orange Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Tea Pot & Pitcher
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Pre-prep the Black Tea: Fill a kettle with 64 Ounces [that’s 8 cups] of water and bring it to a boil. Take kettle off the heat and pour water into a pitcher with about 4 tea bags [or the equivalent of loose tea in a tea strainer]. Steep tea until the water cools down. Remove the tea bag [or strainer] and chill tea in the Fridge for at least 15 to 20 minutes.

 

Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea: Remove pitcher from fridge, and add ice to chilled Iced Tea. Pour in Chambord and vodka into the iced tea, and add desired amount of simple syrup [Optional]. Stir together, and add in raspberries, oranges, and more ice if needed. Pour mixture into high ball glasses, and garnish drinks with a couple of raspberries and a slice or two of orange. Squeeze the oranges for added flavor. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 200 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 11 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 11 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0

 

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Drink of the week: Baileys Iced Chai

Baileys Iced Chai

This Ain’t Your Starbucks’ Iced Chai Tea

Skip the milk! Use Baileys® Original Irish Cream Liqueur in your iced Chai for a drink of the week experience like no other, with this Baileys Iced Chai Cocktail.

Drink of the week: Baileys Iced Chai

Masala chai is a mixed-spiced tea that originated from India. This tea is made from strong black tea leaves that are infused with traditional Indian herbs and spices, like green cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, ground ginger, and black peppercorn. These spices give chai its warming feeling, which might sound odd since it is drunk throughout the year. Despite its spiciness, Masala Chai makes a great iced summer drink and makes for one great iced tea cocktail when doctored up a bit.

Chai is one of the most popular teas worldwide, and people have an absolute love affair with it. The Decimal Brothers made a hilarious video called When you drop your Chai… to illuminate the deep sorrow of spilling a cup of chai. The struggle is real my friends. There is also something really satisfying about watching the milk seep into the tea.

Drink of the week: Baileys Iced Chai

Image from Giphy // Mesmerizing isn’t it?

Chai can be made from tea bags, chai concentrates, or even powdered chai. In many places around the globe, this milky tea is brewed directly in milk instead of water. Typically, people use Condensed milk, white or brown sugar, honey, or syrups to add a bit of sweetness when they make chai, so we opted to use our recipe for simple syrup. The level of sweetness is also subjective to the drinker, so add as much as you need to.

Cold or Iced Chai has grown in popularity here in the States. You can find hot or iced Chai lattes in pretty much every major Coffee House and Tea chain in America. Fun fact: The word “Chai” actually translates to “Tea”, so when you order a Chai Tea Latte you are literally saying to your barista, “I’d like a large Hot/Iced Tea Tea Latte, please.” Are you ready to brew up some delicious Baileys Iced Chai iced tea cocktails? Then let’s get started.

Be sure to check out all of our Iced Tea Cocktails throughout the month of June.

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Baileys Iced Chai

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Baileys® Original Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 6 Ounces Chilled Masala Chai
  • ½ Ounce Spiced Rum
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup [Optional]
  • Star Anise for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Tall Glass
  • Water Kettle
  • Tea Pot/Heat Proof Container
  • Bar Spoon
  • Cocktail Shaker**

 

Preparation

Masala Chai: Fill a kettle with 6 Ounces of water and bring it to a boil. Take kettle off the heat and pour water into a tea pot, or heat proof container, with about 1 to 2 Chai bags, we used rishi Masala Chai. Steep tea until the water cools down. Remove the tea bags, and set aside in fridge to chill.

 

Baileys Iced Chai: Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour chilled Masala Chai into glass and add in spiced rum and sweetner if desired. Top with Baileys Irish Cream, and stir together with a bar spoon.

For a Neat Drink: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, Baileys, chilled Chai, Spiced Rum, and sweetener if desired. Shake vigorously and let settle. Use a strainer as you pour the Baileys Iced Chai into glasses.

Go All Out: Pour all Baileys Iced Chai ingredients into a blender with 2 to 3 cups of ice. Blend together until smooth. Pour your frozen Baileys Iced Chai into glasses and top with whipped cream and this chocolate chai syrup.

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 222 Fat (g) 7.7 Saturated Fat (g) 4.7 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 14.9 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 11.8 Protein (g) 1.8 Sodium (mg) 47

 
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Iced Haiku Green Tea

Prepare for Saké Infused Drink of the Week Bliss

Que the shamisen players! We are experimenting with Saké infused Green Tea cocktails as we continue with National Iced Tea Month. Get your taste buds ready for this Drink of the week: Iced Haiku Green Tea.

Drink of the week: Iced Haiku Green Tea

There is something about writing about green tea and saké that makes me want to write a haiku.

Tea steeped with saké,
life is filled with such splendor.
Oh, sweet happiness.

All poetic writing aside, Saké and Green Tea make an extra delicious pair. Green tea has numerous health benefits and is a true artform of tea. There is such ceremony to making matcha, a powdered form of green tea, and the Japanese take it very seriously. Matcha powder is used to make everything from teas, lattes, ice creams, and even cake! If you’ve never tried green tea ice cream, I highly recommend doing so.

Saké is a Japanese rice liquor that is produced from a brewing process similar to that of beer. Saké can be infused with a variety of flavors, and is typically clear or a milky white in color [this is called Nigori saké]. Traditionally, saké is either served chilled, gently warmed, or at room temperature.

I absolutely love saké. It was the first liquor I was introduced to, an oddity coming from an Irish-Italian family I know. Nothing beats a nice hot bath and a cold glass of saké after a long day. I love saké almost as much as this animated cat.

Green Tea and Sake Cocktail - Love Sake

Did you know in Japanese culture it can be considered impolite to pour your own saké? Pouring etiquette states that individuals should pour saké for others at the table. It’s an intimate way to drink, and a great way to cement a relationship! In contrast, it can lead to a lot of excessive drinking as your companions will feel the uncontrollable urge to keep your glass full. So take small sips and make it last longer.

I got a little specific with what I used to make the Iced Haiku Green Tea. As the name suggests, I used Gekkeikan’s Haiku Saké, a special saké that has subtle fruity elements. If you would like to use a Junmai-shu saké, Gekkeikan Traditional is another good pick. You have options for the green tea in this drink of the week. You can either use bagged or loose leaf green tea, or opt for using matcha – which is what I like to do. If you choose to go the matcha route I suggest using a Maeda-en brand matcha powder. I also added this ginger simple syrup to add a little sweetness to the mixture.

Be sure to check out all of our Iced Tea Cocktails throughout the month of June.

 

Iced Haiku Green Tea

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Saké
  • 6 Ounces Green Tea
  • 1 Ounces Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ Ounce Ginger Simple Syrup
  • Lime Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Tall Glass
  • Tea Kettle
  • Tea Cup
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Green Tea: Fill a kettle with 6 Ounces of water and bring it to a boil. Take kettle off the heat and pour water into a heat proof container with about 1 to 2 green tea bags, or the equivalent of loose tea in a tea strainer. Steep tea until the water cools down. Remove the tea bags, or strainer, and pour tea into glasses over ice [Or add iced to container]. Optional step: Chill tea in the Fridge for at least 30 minutes.

 

If you are using Matcha: Fill a kettle with 6 Ounces of water and bring it to a boil. While water is boiling, sift 1 to 2 tsp of matcha powder [depending on your taste] through a wire sieve, to eliminate clumps, into the bottom of a teacup. Take kettle off the heat and pour a few drops of water over the matcha powder. Mix together to form a paste with a spoon. Add more water to matcha paste slowly, and stir together. Allow tea to cool, then place the tea to chill in the fridge for a few minutes or add ice to quicken the cooling process.

 

Iced Haiku Green Tea: Pour green tea into a cocktail shaker with ice. Add in saké, ginger simple syrup, and lemon juice and shake well together. Strain cocktail into glass, enjoy it neat or add ice to glass if you prefer the extra chill. Garnish with lemon slices. Kampai!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 110 Fat (g) 0.3 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 87 Carbohydrates (g) 10.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 1.6 Total Sugars (g) 4.8 Protein (g) 0.7 Sodium (mg) 2

 

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Drink of the Week: Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea

Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea

So long ginger ale, whiskey has a new best friend.

We are continuing to grow our collection of Boozy Iced Tea Drink of the Week cocktails for National Iced Tea Month. This week, we’re putting an iced tea spin on the classic Whiskey Ginger. Your obsession with whiskey and tea just got upgraded with this Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea.

Drink of the Week: Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea

About a month ago, someone had given me a bottle of Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Whiskey to try out. I like Whiskey Gingers, so I decided to try it in place of my go-to bottle of Irish Whiskey. Needless to say, I did not care for the combination of the honey whiskey and ginger ale. It wasn’t that it tasted too sweet, I like sweet things to an extent, but it was the carbonation that got to me really.

Determined to find a way to drink it, I ventured into my tea cabinet. One night, I got the idea to add the Tennessee Honey into a hot toddy that I made with ginger tea. I thought it paired very well with the spicy essence of ginger in the tea.

Ginger tea is a natural digestive aid, and many folks drink ginger tea with honey and lemon as a weight loss supplement. There are many benefits to eating ginger root and drinking ginger tea, including relieving gas and heartburn. Something you might deal with a lot this summer after attending a few backyard cookouts or block parties. Ginger also is used in many cold remedies, as it helps to boost the immune system. Which is why it is one of my favorite teas to drink during allergy season.

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So I decided to try making a Whiskey Ginger again, but instead of ginger ale, I made it with freshly brewed ginger tea and lemon juice over ice. This combination was far more appetizing, and after a few tweaks to the recipe, the Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea Toddy was born! I did think about naming this the Whiskey Sweet, a play off the Whiskey Sour, but Nah.

This Iced Toddy is great for soothing sore throats after a late night of summer concerts and is a delicious little energy booster. As a drink of the week cocktail, this Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea is different that our other iced tea cocktails as it can be enjoyed both hot or iced. I plan to enjoy it iced this summer, and hopefully, you’ll raise your Drink of the Week glasses with me to National Iced Tea Month with a cold Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea. Cheers!

Be sure to check out all of our Iced Tea Cocktails throughout the month of June.

 

Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea

Yields: 1 to 2 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Whiskey
  • 6 Ounces Ginger Tea
  • 1 Ounces Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Simple Syrup To Taste****
  • Lemon Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Old-Fashioned Glass
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Ginger Tea: Fill a kettle with 6 Ounces of water and bring it to a boil. Take kettle off the heat and pour water into a pitcher with about 1 to 2 tea bags, or the equivalent of loose tea in a tea strainer. Steep tea until the water cools down. Remove the tea bags, or strainer, and pour into glasses over ice. Chill tea in the Fridge for at least 30 minutes.

 

Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea: Remove glasses from fridge, and add Tennessee Honey and Lemon juice to chilled ginger tea. ****Take a sip, if it is not sweet enough for you add in some simple syrup gradually by teaspoons until desired sweetness. Stir together, and add more ice to glass as desired. Garnish with lemon slices, squeeze them for extra lemon flavor. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 134 Fat (g) 0.3 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 125 Carbohydrates (g) 8 Dietary Fiber (g) 1.8 Total Sugars (g) 1.7 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 2

 

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Drink of the Week: Bourbon Arnold Palmer

Bourbon Arnold Palmer

Drink of the Week: Bourbon Arnold Palmer

National Iced Tea Month just got Drink of the Week-ified!

We are celebrating National Iced Tea Month with a collection of Drinks of the Week that are specially brewed with tea and spirits. We’ll be featuring a new iced tea cocktail each week during the month of June. Our Iced Tea Cocktails are sure to brighten your summer and dazzle your tastebuds.

In the Western World, black tea is typically what you will find brewed for Iced Tea. Folks will argue it’s a sin to cold brew black tea, as you lose some of its attributes. White and Green teas are better suited for Iced Tea. But for now, there’s not a real reason to be too picky about it, unless you are a hardcore tea aficionado.

This Bourbon Arnold Palmer is a delicious combination of Earl Grey Tea, Fresh Lemonade, and Bourbon. A traditional Arnold Palmer is made with Black Tea, so we used an Earl Grey tea, like Teavana’s Earl Grey Creme Black Tea. Once again, we opted for fresh lemonade for this recipe, because 1) Nothing is as good as freshly made and 2) All that extra sugar is really bad for you. An Arnold Palmer is supposed to be a little sweet and a little tart, so I do not recommend using sweet tea for the Bourbon Arnold Palmer. Sweet Tea ruins it a bit, so let the simple syrup do sweetening the work for you.

When it comes to American Whiskey, I personally have an internal war between Kentucky Bourbon and Tennesse Whiskey. Jim Beam Black® is pretty good, but I have an unholy love affair with Jack Daniel’s® Green Label Whiskey, especially in a Hot Toddy. So for this recipe, I picked the Jim Bean but you can substitute any Bourbon you like.

Grab your shades and sit down for a cold refreshing Drink of the Week. It’s summer out there!

 

Bourbon Arnold Palmer

Yields: 8-10 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 8 Ounces Bourbon
  • 28 Ounces Earl Grey Tea
  • 28 Ounces Fresh Lemonade
  • Simple Syrup To Taste
  • Lemon for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Pitcher
  • Long Spoon

 

Preparation

Earl Grey Tea: Fill a kettle with 28 Ounces (3.5 cups) of water and bring it to a boil. Take kettle off the heat and pour water into a pitcher with about 4 tea bags, or the equivalent of loose tea in a tea strainer. Steep tea until the water cools down. Remove the tea bags, or strainer, and chill tea in the Fridge for at least 30 minutes.

 

Bourbon Arnold Palmer: Remove prepared Iced Tea pitcher from the fridge. Then add fresh lemonade and bourbon to the Iced Tea. Add in a few cups of ice and stir together. Pour into prepared glasses and garnish drinks with lemon wheel or wedge. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 150 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 14 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 13 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 10

 

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Carolina Peach Tea

Drink Of The Week: Carolina Peach Tea

We are dressing up a Southern Staple for this Drink of the Week

Summer is almost upon us – YAASS – and down South that means Peach Tea everywhere! Peach tea is as Summer Time as Apple Pie at 4th of July. So for this Drink of the Week: Carolina Peach Tea, we combined freshly made Peach Tea with Vodka and Lemonade for a new Summer treat.

If you want to skip some corners and buy premade Peach Tea, you can. It won’t be exactly the same as our drink of the week recipe, and might be even sweeter, which could mess with the drink’s overall palate. Also, cheap vodka will not pair very well with this tea. That means, whatever you do, stay away from Aristocrat! It overpowers the peach tea, and – in my humble opinion- tastes plain awful.

For the Carolina Peach Tea, we used Gordon’s vodka. It’s easy on the wallet, but it has a little lemon flavor to it which is nice for this cocktail. Just saying plain vodka works great, but if you find yourself inclined to use peach or lemon flavored vodka for added flavor, it’s a good choice.

 

Carolina Peach Tea

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2½ Ounces Vodka
  • 3 Ounces Peach Ice Tea
  • 3 Ounces Lemonade
  • Lemon Wheel for Garnish
  • Peach Slices for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Peach Ice Tea

Yields: 1 1/2 cups
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2-3 Fresh Sliced Peaches
  • 3 Black Tea Bags
  • 6 Cups Hot Water
Items You’ll Need:

  • Medium Saucepan
  • Strainer
  • Container

 

Preparation

Peach Ice Tea: In a medium saucepan, crush together sugar and peach slices with a wooden spoon, in water over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand 30 minutes. Pour liquid through a strainer into an airtight container. Cover and chill for at least a 1/2 hour. *Rinse the peaches and freeze them for a cool summer treat or add them to finished cocktail.

 

Carolina Peach Tea: Fill highball glass halfway with ice, set aside. Add vodka, peach tea, and ice into a shaker, and shake for a few seconds. Strain into glass, and top with lemonade. Stir together with long spoon, and garnish with peach slices, lemon wheel, or both! Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 198 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 1 Carbohydrates (g) 26 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 24 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 10

 

 

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