Would You Like Some Tea With Your Alcohol?
Sometime this past fall, I was turned on to steeping tea into vodka. To be more specific, steeping Cinnamon Plum Tea into vodka. I got the grand idea to steep a gigantic bottle of it and then re-bottle into smaller bottles to give away for Christmas. My Cricut machine was collecting dust due to my time limitations with being at the Pittsburgh Public Market, so I broke it out, dusted it off and made custom labels. They turned out really cute.
I have been telling people at the market about this new fascinating thing to do with tea. Who doesn’t like a cocktail from time to time….. and flavored with delicious tea? YES, PLEASE! But it wasn’t until last weekend when I gave a bottle to a friend and she said, “You need to blog about this!” that it even occurred to me to put this one in the recipes. Yes, sometimes I’m dense. So here goes:
1 bottle of Vodka- I did a bottle of Stooli’s plain Vodka. Anyone will do, but the gentleman at the liquor store said not to get the most expensive nor the least expensive. I went for the most expensive I could spring for at the time.
I then measured out about a teaspoon of tea per 6 ounces of vodka. I had to remove some of the vodka to make room for the tea. I put that “extra” vodka in a separate glass and added some tea to it as well. Then I let it steep for about a week. I think technically it could have been strained earlier, but I was waiting for my glass bottles to come. I bought a case of four ounce glass bottles from SKS. They were perfect!
I then strained the tea with my Pampered Chef fine mesh strainer into my Pampered Chef glass mixing bowl because it has a really nice pour spout. ***SIDE NOTE: Thank you to Melissa Jackman for being my best Pampered Chef consultant!***
Once the liquid was strained, I carefully poured it into the glass bottles. bUT before I used the glass bottles, I had some bottle wash used by home brewers to clean their wine bottles. You can get this anywhere. I got mine at Country Wines.
Using my Cricut Machine and my new Gypsy I made the labels from the cartridge Preserves. The whole process was really easy.
I’m now looking to make some flavored Tequila for margaritas. I LOVE margaritas and so I’m hoping the process of flavoring other spirits works as well. I promise to blog about it sooner this time around.
The Tea Lady