A Cherry-On-Top kind of tea cocktail. But with oranges.
This cocktail really is the cherry on top! If you're into old-fashioned (or even just into whiskey), you'll have a jolly old time with this Black Tea and Burnt Honey Old Fashioned. Just the right balance between cocktail, sweet, and tea, it's bound to turn that frown, upside-down.
Now that the Christmas lights are up, the food is being prepared, the carols are being sung... Now is the most opportune time to kick up your feet and have a cocktail after a well-earned year of work and play.
Show off at your next Christmas party or gathering to impress your guests with flavor and style!
– 1 tsp sugar
– 1/2 cup honey
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1 pod of star anise
– 2 1/2 oz bourbon or rye whiskey
– 2 or 3 dashes of angostura bitters
– a couple pieces of orange peel
– a few ice cubes
*yields 1 cocktail
1.) Place the black tea and sugar in a mortar and pestle and grind until you get a semi-fine powder (you can also use a blender if you don't have a mortar and pestle). *Note: you can make a big batch of this tea-sugar and store the contents for more cocktails later
2.) Place the honey, vanilla, and star anise in a small pot over medium heat and bring it to a gentle simmer. Reduce for 10 minutes or so until you get a deep amber colour and it starts to get big thick bubbles. Remove from the heat and cool down (note: if it’s too thick, add a splash of water and whisk to dilute). Consistency should be syrupy and colour should be that of maple syrup
3.) In a cocktail beaker or regular glass, add 1 teaspoon of the tea and sugar powder mix, 1 tablespoon of the burnt honey syrup (you can reduce this a bit if you don’t like it as sweet), the bourbon, angostura bitters, and orange peel. Stir until syrup and sugar dissolve completely. Once dissolved, add a cube of ice and stir for 20 seconds to cool down the mix.
4.) Pour the contents of the beaker in an old-fashioned glass if available with a big ice cube or a few smaller ice cubes. You can garnish with the other piece of orange peel (I squeezed mine on top to release the oils)
You can use the leftover burnt honey syrup mixture in your morning tea as sweetener, on toast, or even as a spread with butter. So many options!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all from us!
Recipe developed by Front + Main.