You’ve watched long leaves unfurl and elegantly swirl in a steaming cup of golden fluid. You’ve taken a long sip, and marveled at the heady aroma of a first flush. Dainty patterns of blue flowers on smooth white porcelain, you’ve lovingly laid your tea-set for a lazy evening soiree. But have you ever wondered about the first time a cup of tea brewed? Tales of tea are many, and of them some go back all the way to China. It is said that a few leaves fell into a pot boiling hot water while Emperor Shen Nung’s troops were resting near a tea bush, giving the world its first taste of tea. Other rumours have it that Bodhidharma, upon waking up from a sleep that lasted 9 years cut his own eyelids apart. Those fell to the ground and the first tea bushes grew from his lashes.
Mix Your Own Blackberry Bourbon Earl Grey Cocktail…
Take a handful of gorgeous blackberries in a thick-bottomed glass. Splash in some simple syrup. Muddle, crush and coddle till you’re left with a pool of dark purple juices. Pour in a perfectly brewed measure of Earl Grey tea. And now comes the best part-- the world of whisky is your oyster when choosing a bourbon for this recipe. We’d suggest you with the Peach Mist Canadian Mist Blended Whisky. The fresh, fruity flavours work like a charm with blackberries and Earl Grey. Then, stir, stir, stir your drink. Strain. Pour onto a bed of ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint and few blackberries. Sip. Swoon. Repeat.
Isn’t this the most wonderful time of the year? The New Year brings hope for new beginnings, new possibilities, and of course, new cocktails to add to our drink repertoire. Irish whiskey, though in initial decline, has certainly been revived.
This is not a cocktail in the true sense of the word, but a much needed creation all the same. It is the traditional Indian-style ‘chai’ or tea— served piping hot, sweet and milky, and infused with fragrant spices. In this case, it is spiked with a boozy doze of whiskey.
Very few cocktails are bestowed with the honor of being a city’s official drink, and in 2008 the Louisiana Legislature proclaimed Sazerac as New Orleans’. It has been a long, sauntering journey to the top for the concoction which can trace its legacy back to Aaron Bird’s bar in the French Quarter, The Sazerac Coffee House.