Good, Clean Real: How to make a tea cocktail from scratch, and a few favorite recipes
Updated: Jul 31, 2020
Feeling a little DIY? Brewing tea cocktails from scratch is a fun, rewarding non-cooking, slightly boozy way to spend time in your kitchen. Fun fact, it's also how Jennie and Maria started Owl's Brew! They were brewing tea cocktails from scratch for friends and events.
Here are a few tips!
We prefer a cold brew method to hot brew — you don’t run the risk of over brewing, and your cocktail chills much faster
We always say stir or dry shake — the reason you shouldn’t shake our DIY blends with ice is that tea is delicate, and a lot of shaking will quickly dilute the cocktails.
The recipes (adapted from our book, Wise Cocktails, sometimes use more base than is necessary for the cocktail. That is because when you remove the tea bag, some of the water will be lost. Sip it up! It’s just as beneficial dry as boozy.
(yields two cocktails, serve in 8oz glass)
2 teaspoon white tea
1 teaspoon rose petals
1 teaspoon dried strawberries
Or…find fresh strawberries and add them to the water to brew with the tea
Pinch of lemon peel
3 Tablespoon of sweetener (we like cane sugar)
Garnish: Lemon slice or muddled strawberries
Fill a cup or pitcher with12 ounces of room-temperature (not cold) water.
In a tea linen or tea ball, combine all ingredients in the tea base. Brew in the water for 10 minutes, agitating from time to time. Remove linen/bag.
In a shaker, combine the tea base, vodka, and sweetener. Dry shake (no ice). Strain and pour into glass over. Swirl gently to chill. Squeeze of fresh lemon