Iced tea reminds me of hot summer days, laying by a pool and soaking up the sun. Can it be summer yet? Actually.. can it be SPRING yet? Haha. Most of you don’t know this but I’ve bartended for the last 8 years of my life. I enjoy mixing cocktails and experimenting with different spirits, sometimes they’re awful, sometimes they’re strange BUT sometimes.. they’re delicious!
Pure Leaf Canada just launched their Pure Leaf Tea House Collection which consists of 2 delicious flavours. I tasted the Fuji Apple & Ginger as well as the Sicilian Lemon & Honeysuckle and both were so different but SO good. I created this cocktail and while the recipe uses the Fuji Apple & Ginger Iced Tea, you could easily swap it with Sicilian Lemon & Honeysuckle and it would be just as wonderful.
This bourbon-based cocktail is a little bit of everything, sweet, bitter, tart and spicy. Sweet from the bourbon and apple, bitter from the Amaro, tart from the lemon and a hint of spiciness from the homemade ginger syrup. It’s refreshing and on a hot summer day, you could seriously down a few of these, easily.
FUJI APPLE & GINGER TEA COCKTAIL
1 oz bourbon
1 oz Nonino Amaro
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz ginger syrup, recipe below
3 oz Pure Leaf Tea House Collection Fuji Apple & Ginger
Lemon infused ice, recipe below
In a shaker with ice, combine all the above ingredients. Shake vigorously for 6-8 seconds until everything is mixed together perfectly and chilled. Strain over lemon infused ice. Garnish with either a Fuji apple slice or crushed up rose petals.
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup roughly chopped ginger (skin off)
In a medium size saucepan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 7-10 minutes, until the mixture is thick and syrupy. In a blender or with an immersion blender, puree the mixture. Strain through a fine sieve and you’re ready to make cocktails!
LEMON INFUSED ICE CUBES
Slice a lemon into wheels. Slice the wheels into sixths. Fill an ice tray with water and divide the lemons into each mold. Freeze and you’re all set!
Do you like mixing cocktails? What’s your signature drink?