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.
With a name as literal as that to boot, one can only imagine the ‘auspicious’ circumstances under which this cheeky cocktail recipe was born. Back in the 19th century, the moralists had a temporary victory over ‘societal evils’ when a ban was imposed on the production, import, and sale of alcohol.
There is always space for tea – even in a cocktail.
They say “Beer after whiskey is risk,” so better drink ‘em together, right? But that’s not what birthed the Boilermaker, a cocktail which isn’t a cocktail. It seems odious to even put this down as a cocktail recipe –for what can be the list of ingredients, or mixing instructions for a drink which constitutes a shot of whiskey and a pint of beer?