Even The Grid, Toronto's weekly magazine, had a special "Holiday Hooch" issue out this week. Their guide to Holiday Cocktails, complete with a legend of snowmen in varying degrees of inebriation, is a survey of the city's top bars for those looking for some holiday cheer.
So what's a tea lover to do if they want a tea cocktail? What if they don't want to go all the way to The Comrade in Riverside for an Uncle Garth (a maple-citrus and Earl Grey tea-infused bourbon drink)?! Sure, there's the Blueberry Tea that any bar should know how to make, but what if you fancy yourself as an amateur mixologist, love tea, and want to save some money?
Tea cocktails have been popping up everywhere lately, even though tea and alcohol has been around for a while. Think, tea and whiskey...
There's O5 Tea with their Cocktails, Tapas, and Tea events in Vancouver. David's Tea brought out "The Cocktail Collection", a collection of five teas with recipe cards. The LCBO featured some tea cocktails using Sloane Teas in their Food and Drink's Autumn issue. I even heard a radio interview with Sabnam of The Tea Emporium on tea cocktails a few weeks ago!
You can google recipes on line, or... you can do what I did recently and go to Herbal Infusions Tea Co. for a Tea Cocktail workshop! Only $30! Such a deal for a fun and educational workshop!
Dan Johanis left the corporate finance world and opened the tiny modern tea shop at the north east corner of Spadina and Adelaide about three years ago. Herbal Infusions carry many teas and tisanes. Dan has collaborated with ChocoSol Traders in creating a Cacao Tea made with 100% organic cacao shell which comes in three different flavours. (hmm, another thing for the chocoholic on my list...)
|Some of the tea wares|
Interesting name, though it sounds like something you'd hear on the streets of Da Nang......this was just a time to enjoy an adult oolong tea cocktail. It was tasty!
Next we were transported to the Polynesian islands with Lomi Lomi Tea-ki Tiki
Finally, an experimental Lavender Gin Cocktail
Victoria Gin was stirred in ice to chill. Apparently, you shouldn't be shaking your alcohol, if you want a good, smooth drink. Shaking it in ice breaks up the surface area, since you're in essence whipping air into the liquid.
So... what does that say about James Bond who likes his martinis shaken, not stirred? Hmm, maybe that's why the franchise needed to add Daniel Craig to give a dash of toughness back to Bond...
In case you were wondering what that vessel on the bar is... it is a Prohibition era Martini shaker disguised as a tea kettle.
This pretty drink's got no name. Perhaps the Lavender Flamingo? Pretty in Pink? Can you think of a cool name for it? I'll pass it on to Dan!
Herbal Infusions will be conducting two more Tea Cocktail workshops:
Thursday, December 6th @ 6pm
Sunday, December 9th @ 2pm.
Space is limited. RSVP at email@example.com or call Dan at (416) 900-6942.