Oolong tea is known for boosting mental alertness, due in large part to its caffeine content. Add this drink to your routine for a natural caffeine boost in the early afternoon or in lieu of your morning coffee—just leave out the vodka!
Mason jars and a pitcher
2 1⁄4 cups brewed oolong tea, cold
1 1⁄2 cups vodka
2⁄3 cup Cinnamon Girl Syrup (recipe included)
2⁄3 cup almond milk (optional)
Garnish: Cinnamon sticks
Combine the tea, vodka, Cinnamon Girl Syrup,
and almond milk, if using, in a pitcher and stir until
Pour the contents of the pitcher into 6 ice-filled Mason jars, garnish each with a cinnamon stick, and serve.
For a single drink
3 ounces brewed oolong tea, cold
2 ounces vodka
1 ounce Cinnamon Girl Syrup (see recipe below)
1 ounce almond milk (optional)
Garnish: Cinnamon stick
Combine the tea, vodka, Cinnamon Girl Syrup, and almond milk, if using, in an ice-filled Mason jar and stir until well combined.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve.
Cinnamon Girl Syrup
Makes approximately 1 to 1 1⁄4 cups
We could be happy for the rest of our lives with this Cinnamon Girl Syrup. This gentle sweetener has a warm, spicy note that pairs well with tea and coffee. The combination of honey and cinnamon boosts your body’s immune and digestive systems, and it may even stimulate weight loss. (Hey, one can hope!) Together, these two powerhouses contain the vitamins and minerals you need to maintain good health.
1 cup filtered water
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup honey
One 1-pint Mason jar
Combine the water and cinnamon sticks in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and set aside for 10 minutes.
Add the honey and stir until the honey is dissolved. Set aside to cool for 1 hour.
Once it has cooled, transfer the syrup to the Mason jar, ensure the seal is airtight, and store in the refrigerator.
Bourbon with Maple’d Rosemary
The perfect combination of the tartness of lemon, the sweetness of maple syrup, and the warmth of bourbon makes this cocktail a favorite during the dark days of winter. Recommended Barware
Coupette or martini glass
2 fresh rosemary sprigs
Freshly squeezed juice of 1⁄2 lemon
1 1⁄2 ounces bourbon 1 tablespoon maple syrup
Garnish: Rosemary sprig
Roll 1 of the rosemary sprigs between your hands to release its oils. Add it to a cocktail shaker, along with the lemon juice, bourbon, maple syrup, and ice and shake.
Strain the contents of the shaker into a coupette or martini glass. Garnish with the remaining rosemary sprig and serve.
The Spiced SuBourbon
The taste of fall is the star of this simple cocktail. It’s a little spicy, a little sweet, and downright warming. This cocktail reminds us of cool fall days and hanging with good friends.
1⁄4 cup freshly squeezed clementine juice 1 ounce bourbon
2 to 3 whole cloves
Garnish: Whole clove and clementine peel (optional)
Combine the clementine juice, bourbon, and all but 1 of the cloves in a cocktail shaker. Add the ice and shake for 10 seconds.
Strain the contents of the shaker into a martini glass. Garnish with the remaining whole clove and the clementine peel, if using, and serve.
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