Red Delicious Apple Tea-niEdit Post
Contributed by on Aug 13, 2019
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Apple season is not far from ripe and ready.
I can’t wait to see the new drinks and dishes I will find this season!
When I think of what I often see available for apple-cocktails, I notice that around Fall we find a variety of cocktails inspired by chilly nights by the fireside and cozy bars in winter weather. Cider becomes the base for many concoctions infused with cinnamon and other pie seasonings. I also find brandy, whiskey, and bourbon based drinks like apple old-fashioneds, and hot toddies.
Outside of the cold season, apple drinks are often reduced to the most commonly seen neon-green-tini, maybe an apple sangria, and perhaps a gingery apple mule. It’s not often that I come across unusual apple pairings aside from the winter pie themes, and warming sweet boozy sippers. Which I do enjoy btw.
I wanted to create something that went away from the norm and embraced a different flavor profile that could be enjoyed all year. It was important that I could envision this cocktail served by the fireplace and the beach.
To accomplish this goal I summoned the help of flowers; hibiscus flowers to be exact; and some delicious locally-made, craft green-apple moonshine from White Dog Distillery.
Behold the Red Delicious Apple Tea-ni.
Start by making the tea. Let it steep for 30 mins. Cool for at least 2 hours.
6 Cups Water
¾ Cup Sugar
7 oz Dried Hibiscus Flowers
3 pinches Meyer Lemon Zest
To make the tea: Combine water, sugar, and hibiscus flowers in a pot. Bring to a gentle boil, turn off heat, and cover. Let steep for 30 - 45 minutes minutes. Remove cover, add lemon zest and let cool down to room temperature.
Once tea is room temp, strain into a covered carafe and cool in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Do not add ice to speed up chilling process.
Now Let’s Make a Cocktail!
To make the Red Delicious Apple Tea-ni, you will need:
- 1 oz Dark Rum
- 1.5 oz Green Apple Moonshine
- 4 oz Hibiscus Tea
- 1 Meyer Lemon
- 1 Tbsp Sugar
- 3 Dashes Orange bitters
- Ice Cubes
- 1 Apple (Optional Garnish)
- Start by muddling sugar and 2 - 3 lemon wedges to create lemony sweet base.
- Add the bitters, Rum and Moonshine.
- Top with the Hibiscus Tea.
- Add ice cubes and stir rigorously.
- Strain into a glass and garnish.