8.14.2013

summer's end cocktail (honey, lemon, spiced tea vodka, and st. germain)

I can't believe summer is already coming to an end. I always get a little sad to see it go, but I have the perfect cocktail to celebrate both the end of summer and the beginning fall. This drink was inspired by a cocktail that I fell in love with last year at one of our favorite restaurants, but of course just as soon as I found it, it was promptly discontinued. I search for something similar on the cocktail menu at nearly every restaurant we go to, but after not finding anything that came close, I decided to try and recreate it for myself.
I had guessed it might end in disaster, but much to my surprise I ended up with an almost exact replica on my very first try! It's sweet without being too sweet, has a hint of spiced tea (making it an excellent transition into fall), and is strong without having an overpowering taste of alcohol.
You really have to try this.
You do have to plan ahead slightly, because the vodka needs to be infused with spiced tea. I know this might sound a little difficult but don't let it scare you. It's the reason it took me so long to try to create the cocktail myself, but it really couldn't be easier.
I used a pint sized mason jar, filled it with vodka and added one spiced chai teabag and a few cloves. Give it a shake a few times a day, and in about 24 hours you've got your infused vodka!
Ingredients
  • 1 part spiced tea vodka
  • 1 part st. germain
  • 4 parts club soda
  • 1 teaspoon organic honey
  • juice from 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon
  • fresh mint for garnish
Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until mixed well. Pour into glasses and garnish with fresh mint and lemon wedge. Makes two drinks.

Let me know if you try it, and please feel free to share any suggestions! I think next time I make this I'm going to put it in a sugar-rimmed glass with a splash of Grenadine.

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