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Hosting a homemade happy hour with tea cocktails is a terrific way to gather friends and family for an unforgettable end-of-summer hurrah or fun weekend brunch.
Whether your preference is shaken or stirred, the following eight tea cocktail recipes are sure to please. They feature loose-leaf tea and local Colorado spirits. All loose leaf teas used in the recipes are available to buy online.
The tea cocktail recipes below feature some of our favorite collaborations with three Boulder-local distilleries, all of them producing exceptionally ranked and flavorful artisan spirits: Geek Spirits Rum Distillery, Altitude Spirits, and Suerte Tequila. From savory to sweet, relaxing to energizing, tea cocktails offer the nourishing and hydrating benefits of tea. Cheers!
RUM TEA COCKTAILS
What happens when you take small-batch silver rum from organic Caribbean molasses and combine it with concentrated herbal hibiscus fruit tea, lime, and mint? The resulting mojito is an absolute gem. Try a Forbidden Mojito this August, while this limited-edition cocktail is being poured exclusively at Geek Spirits Rum Distillery in Boulder, CO.
The final days of summer also mark the end of blackberry season in Colorado. Grab those late-season berries and toss them into a glass with sugar, caffeine-free hibiscus tea concentrate, and Altitude Spirits Papagayo Rum for a cocktail to satisfy your sweet tooth!
VODKA TEA COCKTAILS
Our Sunny Green loose-leaf tea made with pineapple and papaya is a real crowd-pleaser! Put it in a cocktail and you’ll certainly be proclaimed the host/hostess with the most/mostess. Once shaken with U.K.5 vodka imported by Altitude Spirits, strawberry, lemon, and mint, this smashing tea cocktail will have your palette feeling happy and enlivened. The Pekoe Smash tea cocktail is a favorite tea cocktail for summer holidays.
There are few fruits more useful in the summer than watermelon. Delicious, refreshing and easy to serve, watermelon is a key ingredient in more than one summer mixed drink. Our Rose Water tea cocktail is made with watermelon, agave nectar, fruit and flower herbal tea, lemon, and locally produced Altitude Spirits Vodka 14. Make it at your next backyard party, and we guarantee it will become your #1 most requested drink!
TEQUILA TEA COCKTAILS
Are you looking to impress your guests? This series of three tequila cocktails prepared by Suerte in Boulder will serve just that purpose. Rocky Mountain peach liqueur from Leopold Brothers in Denver combines beautifully with our naturally sweet Black Tiger tea and Suerte Anejo tequila – aged two years in whiskey barrels. Add a touch of mint and lemon, and your guests will leave the home bar thinking you missed your calling as a mixologist.
SIP TIP: Switch out our classic Black Tiger tea for fruity Sunny Green tea for friends who prefer slightly less caffeine. Exchange the peach liqueur for Cherry Tart Liqueur from Dancing Pines in Loveland for those who prefer a drink that is less sweet and more tart.
St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur is made with great care, as is Suerte Silver Tequila and Pekoe Sip House Forbidden Fruits tea. The elderflower blossoms are hand picked in the springtime and carried down from the French Alps on a bicycle to be transformed into liqueur. If you like this romantic idea, you will love this light but entrancing cocktail. One taste is all it takes.
Fear not, coffee-lovers of the world – there’s something here for you, too! It’s called a Ginger Rabbit and it packs a punch. Spicy liqueur distilled from Vietnamese ginger is balanced by sweetened condensed milk. The addition of cold brewed coffee and Suerte Reposado gold tequila stimulates the palate while invigorating the body. This creamy cocktail is a must-try for those who enjoy bold flavor.
GIN TEA COCKTAILS
This cocktail is a perfect sip on a sunny day, and features Altitude Spirits Juniper Gin with a dash of Three Pins Alpine Liqueur from Leopold Brothers. If you like gin, you’ll love the herbal flavor of this tea cocktail’s alcoholic base. A bit of ginger, lemon, and our organic iced green tea brighten up the final flavor of this tasty mix.
Do good ingredients always lead to a good recipe? We believe they do. After all, if there’s one thing we love to play around with at Pekoe, it is food and drink recipes using our high quality loose-leaf teas. Here’s our formula: find a local producer that is as passionate about fine ingredients (and tea) as we are. Suggest a collaboration and hint at a recipe idea. Wait, taste, and be wowed. If you’re committed to tea and enjoy the hard stuff, we’ve got something for you.
Whether you choose a complex cocktail designed to surprise, or an easygoing crowd-pleaser to fill the punch bowl, Pekoe’s tea cocktail recipes are sure to become the new repeat offenders in your home bar.
Forget “pinkies up” and go “bottoms up,” because it’s tea time. Cheers!
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SIP TIP: Looking for a non-alcoholic crowd-pleaser? Simply mix Pekoe iced tea with Boulder-local Rowdy Mermaid kombucha. Flavorful and fizzy!
As always, please drink responsibly.