Clearly Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe
Forget the Arnold Palmers and Long Island Iced Teas this National Iced Tea Day, and instead opt for a craft cocktail made using a homemade tea liqueur – a growing trend in mixology.
The Clearly Old Fashioned cocktail features a Blueberry Earl Grey Liqueur, which combines the strong herbal presence from Earl Grey tea with the sweet, light flavor of ripe blueberries.
The liqueur and cocktail recipes were created by Ted Kilgore, Proprietor and Beverage Director at Planter’s House in St. Louis, Mo., and In-House Mixologist for Make It Your Own by Everclear.
2.0 oz. Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve
0.5 oz. Blueberry Earl Grey Liqueur (recipe below)
6 dashes of Meyer lemon bitters
1 lemon twist
Fresh orange twist and blueberries for garnish
Express lemon peel oils into a mixing glass full of ice. Add bourbon, Blueberry Earl Grey Liqueur, and Meyer lemon bitters, and stir for 45 seconds. Strain into a clean old fashioned glass with fresh ice. Garnish with fresh orange twist and blueberries.
Blueberry Earl Grey Liqueur
6.0 oz. Everclear
7.0 oz. Purified Water
3 bags Stash Earl Grey Tea
6.0 oz. fresh blueberries
1.03 oz. Simple Syrup
Blend Everclear, water and tea in quart-sized container. Let steep for 30 to 90 minutes to taste. Once steeped, remove tea and add blueberries, then steep in a cool, dry place for 24 hours. Strain out blueberries and mix infusion with simple syrup. Bottle, store and enjoy.