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Green tea gets an adult makeover in this fragrant cocktail
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Also known as popcorn tea for its aroma, genmaicha tea is a Japanese green tea mixed with roasted brown rice. It contains the same herbal notes of green tea, while taking on a golden hue and nutty aroma from the rice. In this cocktail, a grown-up toddy, the tea accentuates the peaty notes in the whisky, while the vodka helps mellow out the intensity of flavors.

This drink is easily brewed just as you would for a normal tea service, creating the ultimate adult tea party. Combining the spirits while the tea steeps allows for the flavors to blend, as well as making service of this batch cocktail extremely simple.

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Recipe from TT Drinks Editor Jim Meehan

Yield: 4 cocktails

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

2 teaspoons genmaicha tea

6 ounces Ketel One vodka

2 ounces Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch whisky

2 ounces Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur

1 ounce lemon juice

12 ounces simmering water

Lemon twists, for garnish

Directions

1. In a teapot, combine the tea, vodka, whisky, ginger liqueur, lemon juice and water. Let steep for 3 to 5 minutes.

2. Strain into 4 teacups and pinch a lemon twist over each to aromatize the steam. Discard the lemon peels and serve immediately.

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