The Perfect Warm Cocktail
As I sit down to write this I am brewing up a Blueberry Tea, my new favorite winter cocktail. It warms me all the way to the tips of my toes, and yet it is light, with just the right amount of sweetness. An expert in getting through cold winters in comfort, my brother-in-law from Canada, told me about this drink. No matter how cold it gets, this cocktail makes me feel cozy.
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What, No Blueberry?
The name is a bit misleading. There is actually no blueberry in this drink, but there is a subtile hint of blueberry flavor. Now, if you have read my post on brewing the perfect cup of tea, you know how dedicated I am to making a proper cuppa. This cocktail takes hot tea to a whole new level of warm comfort. Some how the combination of almond and orange from Amaretto and Grand Marnier Liquors results in a subtile fruity flavor that is amazing with the hot tea. Traditionally this cocktail calls for orange pekoe tea but I have made it with plain old Lipton’s and also rooibos tea (since it’s caffeine free) and found both types to be delicious.
There is cold wind blowing outside, and the sunshine we were supposed to have today has disappeared. We are expecting lows in the single digits into the middle of next week and several inches of snow. Yikes! But, the cows are getting alfalfa hay and protein cubes. The horses extra hay and a bit of sweet feed. The wood cradle is stocked to the top and our wood stove is blazing away. Life in the hinterlands of New Mexico, cozy by the fire with an afternoon Blueberry Tea. I am looking forward to watching the snow blanket everything in pure white. Kinda wonderful, don’t you think?
This is dangerously easy to whip up. You can make it stronger or weaker to your liking but, I like to brew an 8 ounce cup of tea and add 3/4 of an ounce each of Amaretto and Grand Marnier Liquor. Stir, and serve warm. If you like it a bit sweeter and want to make it look fancy, coat the top of a brandy snifter with a bit of sugar and serve your tea warm with a slice of orange. Fancy, right?
- One 8 oz cup orange pekoe or your favorite tea, brewed hot
- 3/4 oz Amaretto Liquor
- 3/4 oz Grand Manier Liquor
- Bring water to boil. For orange pekoe, 195°F (90°C). Using a mug or teapot, pour water over tea, cover and allow to steep 3 to 5 minutes
- Add liquors to serving mug or brandy snifter. Add tea and stir. Serve hot to warm.
- If you like garnish with a slice of orange. For a bit more sweetness, coat the top of the serving glass with a bit of sugar.