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.
The Suburban is more of an oddity—dashes of whiskey, rum and port mixed together in an atypical concoction. Most mixology manuscripts, whether classic or contemporary, will give you examples of several drinks that blend rum and brandy; and a few others that mix port and rum. You’ll even find combinations of rum and whiskey. But, all three together?
While in Tokyo a couple of years ago, I walked into Bar Helissio for an afternoon tipple.
There are days when you’re completely worn out-- these are just the times you cannot find the right drink that lets you unwind. If an espresso is what wakes you up in the morning and if a classic bourbon permits you to settle down in the evening, then the Espresso Old Fashioned is just what you need.