Next in our tincture series, we take a look at how to make Lapsang Souchong Tea Tincture and add smoke to a cocktail.
Lapsang Souchong Tea is a black tea with a unique aroma and flavour. The tea leaves are traditionally smoke-dried over pine wood which give it a distinctive wood-smoke character.
The heavy smoke aroma lends itself well to tinctures, adding campfire smoke and an almost meaty, BBQ wood-smoke note to a drink. Use a drop or two of the Lapsang Souchong tea tincture in a whisk(e)y cocktail or spray it from an atomiser to add a smoky aroma to a drink such as an old fashioned. You can read all about tinctures and how to use them in cocktails.
How to Make Lapsang Souchong Tea Tincture
- 100 ml vodka (> 50% ABV), or high proof neutral grain spirit
- 12g Lapsang Souchong tea leaves
Equipment You Need
- small glass jar with lid
- small glass bottle with a dropper
- fine strainer
NOTE: The length of infusion will depends on the proof of the alcohol. The higher the ABV, the faster it will infuse so taste as you go.
In a small glass jar, combine the alcohol with the tea leaves, cover and give it a gentle shake. Leave in a cool, dark place for approximately 3 to 5 days. Gently shake the jar daily.
Once the flavour is to your liking, strain twice using a fine mesh strainer lined with a cheesecloth. Store in a glass bottle with dropper. Label the bottle and keep in a cool, dark place until ready to use.
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