Do you know what day it is?

Yup, it’s the very last day of the year. So how are you going to ring in the New Year tonight? Head out to friends for a party? Host your own?

Getting together with your fellow tea-lovers tonight?

Instead of doing the traditional champagne cocktails, why not create a tea-tail? That’s right, a tea cocktail.

Here are a few tea-infused cocktail recipes to kickstart your infusion creativity.

Pu-erh Old Fashioned

Photo from SeriousEats.com by Autumn Giles

This one combines the classicness of bourbon and the tradition of tea. What a delight!

But be warned, this isn’t the drink for the weak.

Here’s what you need:

  • Bourbon
  • loose-leaf Pu-erh tea
  • sugar
  • Angostura bitters
  • a lemon

Want the recipe? Check it out here!

Chamomile Tequila Sour

Photo from SeriousEats.com by Autumn Giles

Chamomile + Tequila = Your new best friend.

‘Nough said.

Here’s what you need:

  • Chamomile tea bags
  • sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh limes
  • Tequila

Think this one may be interesting to try? Get the recipe from SeriousEats.com here!

Earl Grey Infused Gin Cocktail

Photo by Paul S. Bartholomew from The Framed Table

Photo by Paul S. Bartholomew from The Framed Table

Think of it as adding the tradition of Earl Grey tea to the sophistication of Gin.

Great for a lazy summer afternoon, but I imagine it would do wonderfully as a tea-tail for your New Year’s eve party this evening.

Here’s what you need:

  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Lemon Juice
  • Earl Grey Tea
  • Gin
  • Dried Rose Tea Buds

Some of the ingredients for this one need to be mixed or cooked together in order to make this one, so it does take a little extra time. So you may want to be aware and start early. 🙂 If you’d like to give this one a try head on over to The Framed Table for the recipe. You won’t be sorry!

Chai Hot Toddy

Photo from Brit+Co

Photo from Brit+Co

Move over eggnogg – we’ve got a new warm, holiday favorite drink!

Chai, by itself, is a wonderful drink to warm up with. But when you add a little rum…now that’s a drink you can have a party with.

Here’s what you need:

  • Water
  • Chai tea bags
  • Sugar
  • Whole Milk
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Rum

This is a great drink on those cold nights, like tonight, but it doesn’t have to be a drink you limit to just New Year’s eve either. But we’ll let you decide that one.

If you’d like to give this one a try, click here to head on over to Brit+Co to get the recipe.

Sweet Tea Sangria

Photo from TheWickedNoodle.com

Photo from TheWickedNoodle.com

Do you have a few sweet tea fans coming to the party? Or maybe just some fruity cocktail fans that don’t know they’re tea fans?

Well, if you do then this is the drink for them (or you)!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A favorite sweet tea
  • White wine
  • Raspberries
  • Peaches
  • Fresh Mint

This one’s really easy. Just make your favorite sweet tea up and then add in the rest of the ingredients, but you can get the original recipe from TheWickedNoodle.com by clicking here. Enjoy!

Did you get a few ideas?

The key to making a great tea-tail is really just practice, much like making great tea. So just keep at it and keep experimenting.

But here’s the thing…

There’s no law that says you can’t enjoy just plain ol’ tea on New Years Eve without anything added to it. (It’s better that way anyway!) So just pick what’s your favorite and go with that…even if it isn’t a tea-tail. I won’t tell. 😉

Tea is made for sharing!
Jen
 

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