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
Cinco de Mayo
(yields one cocktail, serve in 8oz coupe glass )
9oz room temperature water
1 teaspoon green tea
1 teaspoon yerba mate
1 teaspoon dried peach
1 teaspoon dried ginger
Opt for fresh peaches & muddle them into the shaker before adding the tea, instead of brewing them in the tea base…
2 tablespoon agave
Garnish: Fresh ginger
Fill cup or pitcher with water
Add tea base
Place your tea linen in the water for 10 minutes, agitating from time to time.
In a shaker, combine 4.5oz of tea base, agave and mezcal. Dry shake until agave is dissolved. Pour over ice into coupe glass and gently swirl to chill.
Garnish with fresh ginger.
The Prohibition Classic
(yields two cocktail, serve in 8oz rocks glass)
3 teaspoon Earl Grey Tea
Half teaspoon lavender