Tea Time

A pisco sour made with PG Tips tea

In a new twist on afternoon tea, we set out to experiment with tea-infused liquors. In addition to spicing up our regular cocktail regimen, we figure that some of our later experimentations might make for good gifts (accompanied by a unique recipe and some thoughtful packaging).

For our first attempt, we opted for pisco, a South American brandy made from grapes. The Pisco Sour has long been a drink we love and we happened to have a mostly-full bottle of pisco lingering about, so we figured it would be a great test.

Pisco’s strong flavor can be a bit overwhelming, so we went with something basic to start. I infused the pisco with a bag of PG Tips, an English breakfast tea, to give the alcohol an added tannic kick and lend a refreshing iced tea flavor to balance the “heat” of the brandy.

Infusing pisco with PG Tips tea

Making the infusion is as simple as letting the tea bag steep in a jar of pisco for a little while. I left mine in the refrigerator for 25 minutes before removing and preparing the cocktail. For the drink itself, shake 2 oz. of PG Tips-infused pisco, with 2/3 oz. lemon juice, 1/3 oz. simple syrup and one egg white. Strain and pour into a coupe (or teacup).

Next week, we’re making three more tea-based cocktails with some of our favorite blends from David’s. We’re hoping they’ll be perfect for cooling off with in the last few weeks of summer.

- Ryan


  1. hammondwf
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 17:00:06

    This is a phenomenal idea. I’m making a pot of tea right now!


  2. Dr. Horowitz
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 19:20:21

    This looks awesome! I love tea, so I am looking forward to see what you come up with!


  3. Joanne
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 13:17:13

    you should try Art of The Age RHUBARB TEA. It’s amazing!


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