Thursday, January 31, 2013

Booze and Sympathy: Fun with Russian Caravan Tea Syrup

Russian Caravan is grand stuff, a blend of smoky Chinese teas that’s a natural compliment to cocktails. There was about a third of a cup of tea left in the tin. I made a simple syrup of 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water, and added the tea the second I turned the heat off. (Strain after 5 minutes, cool, bottle, refrigerate.)

When We’re Alone
  • 1 1/2 — 2 oz cognac
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1 barspoon Russian Caravan tea syrup
  • 1 tsp Cruzan Blackstrap rum
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Patience and Fortitude
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 tsp Russian Caravan tea syrup
  • 1 dash Jerry Thomas’ decanter bitters
  • tangerine twist
  • Small splash soda
In an Old Fashioned glass, muddle a broad, thin strip of tangerine peel with the bitters and syrup. Add ice and spirits and stir gently. Splash of soda.

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