January 31, 2016

Hot Tea Month - Owl's Brew The Famous Mint Tea with The Famous Grouse Scotch Whisky

Never was a Scotch whisky drinker but The Famous Mint Tea cocktail is very drinkable. The cocktail features the Owl's Brew mixer, The Famous Mint Tea, which was developed to pair with The Famous Grouse Scotch whisky. We have made several batches experimenting with different ratios.

The recommended ratio is 2 parts mixer to 1 part whisky. This is our preferred blend, and we serve it on "wet rocks" meaning ice that has bee rinsed in a glass and not totally drained. We also tried a 1:1 ratio and 1:2 ratio. The former was manageable. The latter was too strong. These modified ratios are for regular Scotch whisky drinkers.

The ingredients in the tea mixer and the flavor profile of the whisky make this pairing a good one. Both have citrus notes. The peppermint and agave in the mixer round out and cool the spicy, earthy notes of the whisky.

If you would like to move beyond the 2-ingredient cocktail, try the Northern Star. It is a hot toddy for Hot Tea Month! The cocktail was created by Marco Zappia of Eat Street Social and Scena Tavern in Minneapolis.

- Ingredients -
1.5 oz The Famous Grouse
.5 oz Ginger Syrup
.25 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
5 oz The Owl’s Brew Famous Mint Tea
2 Dashes Bittercube Jamaican #1 Bitters
Garnish: Mint Leaf, Star Anise and Lemon Peel

- Instructions -
Boil water and bring to a simmer. Place The Famous Grouse, Ginger Syrup, Fresh Lemon Juice and Bitters in a large tin, add simmering water to a smaller tin, placing the larger tin on top of the smaller tin- creating a poor man’s “bain marie.” Add remaining simmering water to mug to preheat glass. Heat The Owl’s Brew Famous Mint Tea on the stove and bring to 180 degrees, then add to rest of cocktail “bain marie” and stir together. Remove water from mug, pour contents from “bain marie” into a mug, garnish with Mint Leaf, Star Anise and Lemon Peel and serve.

If you are not a spirits imbiber, The Famous Mint Tea mixer is good on its own.

Owl's Brew The Famous Mint Tea and The Famou Grouse Scotch whiskey provided for review.

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