Nutcracker Martini

Dreams of the Nutcracker come to life with this martini. Steeping a strong infusion of Nutcracker tea, Mixologist Bryon Halliburton mixes it with vanilla vodka and Frangelico to accentuate the tea’s top note of hazelnut.

A touch of orange syrup was added to round out the “martini.”

Notes from Byron Halliburton, Ritz Carlton, New Orleans:

“We took seven days, an hour each, trying different infusion strengths and liquor pairings for the Nutcracker Martini. With a bit of trial and error, we used three times the recommended amount of tea leaves for a strong infusion without bitterness, and paired it with vodka and an orange simple syrup.”

Nutcracker Martini

  • 1 3/4 oz. Stoli Vanil
  • 1/2 oz. Frangelico
  • 3/4 oz. TEALEAVES Nutcracker Loose Leaf Tea, infused strongly (see below)
  • 1/4 oz. Orange Simple Syrup
  • Orange Peel (for garnish)
  1. In cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients with ice and shake until well chilled.

  2. Strain into a chilled martini coupe.

  3. Garnish with orange peel.

TEALEAVES Nutcracker Tea, Strongly Infused

  • 1 Tbsp. TEALEAVES Nutcracker Loose Leaf Tea
  • 8 oz. Hot Water, 208ºF
  1. Use a ratio of 1 Tbsp. of Nutcracker Loose Leaf tea per 8 fluid ounces of hot water (208ºF is ideal).

  2. Steep the tea for 3 minutes. Be careful not to oversteep, otherwise the tea will be too astringent for the cocktail.

  3. Cool and store in bottles.

Orange Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup Water 
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 Orange, peel only
  1. Boil the water until the sugar is dissolved, and remove from heat.

  2. Add the orange peel into the syrup, and let infuse for 3 hours.

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Tea in Recipe

Loose leaf tea | Black

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