Recipes | 26 December 2016The Oakland’s Eastern Market Toddy Share article facebook twitter google pinterest There is no doubt about it, tea is great. It’s tasty, refreshing, versatile, and the undeniable health benefits make nearly impossible to resist. If that’s not enough to convince you, tea can be the base of some of the best cocktails you’ll ever make! You may know a hot toddy as a famous warming libation and are a perfect cure for whatever ails you. This recipe from The Art and Craft of Tea incorporates delicious Darjeeling black tea and gin for a new spin on the classic recipe. Tea is often mistaken for any warm beverage made with spices. Therefore, it is natural to infuse the traditional hot toddy with tea. Although hot toddies are typically made with whiskey, sugar, lemon, and spices, the Eastern Market Toddy incorporates gin to provide the requisite alcohol and to add its distinctive aromatics. INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon (6 g) Darjeeling black tea 2 teaspoons (4 g) dried lemon peel 1 teaspoon dried licorice root ½ cup (120 ml) water ¼ ounce (7 ml) palm sugar syrup 2 ounces (60 ml) Bombay gin Grains of paradise sugar (enough to coat the rim of the glass) Cinnamon stick for garnish To make an infused Darjeeling tea, combine the black tea, lemon peel, and licorice root in a small pot. In another small pot, warm water to 200°F (93°C). Pour the warm water into the pot with the tea and spices and steep for 3 minutes. Mix the warm tea with the palm sugar syrup and Bombay gin. Coat the rim of a glass with sugar, pour the tea into the glass, and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Read any “best of” list regarding bars, cocktails, or bartenders in North America and you are likely to see The Oakland. With two of its bartenders winning multiple national and international cocktail competitions,The Oakland has helped push innovative cocktail culture into never-before-seen territory and has been integral in shining the international spotlight on Detroit’s unique take on crafting cocktails. In accepting my challenge to create a tea-based cocktail, head bartender Chas Williams created a beautifully contemporary hot toddy that he named the Eastern Market Toddy. The Eastern Market Toddy demonstrates how traditional tea-making methods can be paired with traditional cocktail-making methods to create a delicious cocktail. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Let Joseph Wesley Uhl be your guide to the entire world of tea; from peeks into tea production around the world to brewing your own blends at home.“Water is the mother of tea, a teapot its father, and fire the teacher.” — Chinese Proverb As one of the most consumed beverages in the world, a cup of tea is a common shared experience across cultures and traditions. Companies and consumers alike are reawakening to the benefits of high-quality, unprocessed, natural beverages, and tea is a perfect obsession for anyone interested in artisan food and healthy eating. In The Art and Craft of Tea, entrepreneur and enthusiast Joseph Wesley Uhl brings to the story of tea its due reverence, making its history, traditions, and possibilities accessible to all. If you want to go beyond reading and enter your kitchen, Joseph offers “recipes” for creating your own tea blends using natural ingredients. Inside you’ll find: – A detailed overview of tea’s history and origins – Thoughtful descriptions of global brewing methods – Innovative ideas for iced tea, tea cocktails, and DIY blends. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.