As a bartender, I've seen a lot of trends come and go in the world of mixology. But one trend that's been gaining traction lately is the use of herbal teas in cocktails.
And it's no surprise why – herbal teas are full of complex and interesting flavors that can add depth and complexity to any drink.
But not all herbal teas are created equal. Some are too bitter, others too sweet, and still others too delicate to stand up to the other ingredients in a cocktail.
So, I've taken it upon myself to try out a variety of herbal teas and come up with a list of the best ones to use in cocktails.
Whether you're looking to add some complexity to a classic cocktail or create a completely new and unique drink, these herbal teas are sure to inspire you.
So, without further ado, let's dive into the world of herbal tea cocktails and see what kind of magic we can create.
1. Earl Grey Tea Cocktail
The Earl Grey Tea Cocktail is a unique and refreshing drink that combines the complex flavors of earl grey tea with gin, lavender, lemon, and honey simple syrup. This cocktail is perfect for those looking for a healthy option as it is high in antioxidants and low in calories.
The caffeine in the tea provides an energy boost while the bergamot in the tea has stress-reducing properties. The floral flavors of the earl grey tea are highlighted by the gin, making for a delicious and refreshing libation. This cocktail is a must-try for tea lovers and cocktail enthusiasts alike.
2. Gin and Tea Cocktail
The Gin and Tea Cocktail is a refreshing and unique twist on the classic gimlet cocktail. This cocktail features Steep Echo's Bloom tea blend, which includes immune-boosting herbs and savory botanicals such as peppermint and echinacea. The strong herbal tea is paired with gin, fresh lime juice, and a touch of sweetener to create a crisp and clean flavor profile.
Fresh thyme leaves are added for an extra burst of herbal goodness. The result is a cocktail that is both soothing and invigorating, with a flavor that is sure to impress. If you're looking for a new and exciting way to enjoy gin, the Gin and Tea Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
3. Tea Mimosa
The Tea Mimosa is a refreshing and fruity cocktail that is perfect for brunch or afternoon drinks. Made with a fruit tisane simple syrup and sparkling wine or Champagne, this cocktail has a natural and attractive coloring that comes from the fruit tea.
The fruit tea used in the recipe adds a sweet and fruity flavor to the Champagne, making it a delicious and easy-to-make cocktail that is sure to impress your friends. With its health benefits and lack of caffeine, this cocktail is suitable for everyone to enjoy. Try it out and tag @teacachai on Instagram to show off your creation!
4. White Tea and Muddled Basil Mojito
If you're looking for a refreshing and unique cocktail to try, the White Tea and Muddled Basil Mojito is definitely worth considering. This cocktail combines fresh brewed white tea with a splash of rum and honey, and is muddled with mint and basil before being topped off with sparkling water. The result is a cocktail that's both light and flavorful, perfect for sipping on a warm spring or summer day.
What sets this cocktail apart is the use of white tea, which gives it a subtle yet distinct flavor that pairs perfectly with the herbs and rum. Plus, using honey instead of sugar adds a touch of sweetness without being overpowering. If you're looking for a new twist on the classic mojito, give this recipe a try.
5. Lavender Lemonade Mojitos
If you're looking for a refreshing and unique cocktail to try this summer, look no further than the Lavender Lemonade Mojito. Made with a homemade lavender simple syrup, fresh lemonade, mint, and rum, this cocktail is both beautiful and delicious.
The lavender adds a subtle floral note to the classic mojito, making it a perfect choice for a relaxing evening on the patio or by the pool. Plus, with the added health benefits of lavender, you can feel good about sipping on this cocktail. Trust us, once you try the Lavender Lemonade Mojito, you'll be hooked.
6. Chamomile Moon Cocktail
The Chamomile Moon Cocktail is a refreshing and soothing herbal tea cocktail that is perfect for sipping under the moonlight. This cocktail is made with chamomile tea, which is known for its calming properties, and is combined with subtly sweet maple, comforting apple flavors, and warm spices like cinnamon and cardamom.
The addition of lemon adds a cleansing and rejuvenating touch, while dried rose petals bring a floral note to the mix. The optional addition of rosemary adds a refreshing kick to the cocktail. This cocktail is perfect for those looking to unwind and relax after a long day, or for those who want to celebrate the moon and its magical energy. Overall, the Chamomile Moon Cocktail is a delightful and unique cocktail that is sure to impress.
7. Chamomile Honey and Whiskey Cocktail
The Chamomile Honey and Whiskey Cocktail is a perfect combination of mild and relaxed flavors. This cocktail is easy to make and requires minimal effort. The recipe uses dried, store-bought chamomile instead of fresh chamomile, which turned out to be too bitter. The cocktail is made by pouring hot water over tea bags, adding honey and bourbon, and letting it steep.
The mixture is then shaken and poured over ice cubes. The cocktail is mild and can be enjoyed in multiple glasses without thinking twice. The fresh chamomile flowers are used as garnish to add to the drink's aesthetics. This cocktail is perfect for a lazy summer day by the pool or a cozy winter night by the fireplace.
8. Blackberry Hibiscus Spritzer With Tarragon
The Blackberry Hibiscus Spritzer with Tarragon is a refreshing summer mocktail with a combination of tart and sweet flavors, a little fizz, and herbal aromatics. It's made with hibiscus tea, blackberries, tarragon, and lime juice.
The cocktail is served with cubed cocktail ice and stirred with a bar spoon that spins to prevent the ice from chipping. The herbs and berries are kept fresh in their respective GreenSavers. Overall, it's a delicious and impressive cocktail that is perfect for those who do not drink alcohol.
9. Sparkling Hibiscus Yerba Mate
Looking for a unique and refreshing cocktail to serve at your next holiday party? Look no further than the Sparkling Hibiscus Yerba Mate. This fizzy, caffeine-packed drink is made with Argentinian yerba mate and a rose hibiscus concentrate, resulting in a delicious and colorful mocktail that is sure to impress your guests.
While the yerba mate may leave some small flecks floating in the drink, this only adds to its charm. So why not try something new and serve up the Sparkling Hibiscus Yerba Mate at your next gathering? Your guests will thank you.