Tea, like beer is one of humankind’s oldest beverages, being used for over 5,000 years. It was a staple commodity traded across the Silk Road, from China to Persia and even into Egypt. Even before the actual tea plants were cultivated, ancients in both China and Egypt brewed herbs in boiling water to make safe, potable beverages.
With honey as a natural sweetener, these ancient civilizations developed the fine art of brewing tea, and from that came beer, wine and eventually liquor and liqueurs.
This recipe embodies the best of beverage history from its earliest days to modern times. Like brewing teas, you have a wide variety of tea types that may be used in making tea liqueurs, and equally, a wide variety of liquor bases. Why not a green tea liqueur with a tequila base? Or chamomile with brandy? Your options are infinite.
- 2 teaspoons black tea leaves *
- 1 1/2 Cups vodka 80 to 100 proof
- 1/2 Cup sugar syrup (see recipe)
- Steep the tea leaves in vodka for 24 hours – NOT longer as a bitter taste will occur. Strain and add sugar syrup. Age for 2 weeks.