Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Tea Vodka

Have you ever got drunk from tea? (Strong tea can make some people feel woozy, especially when taken on an empty stomach). If never, then this might. Today’s Los Angeles Times Food Section features an interesting article on gourmet “sipping” vodkas. One of the flavors is *drum roll* tea.

The tea flavor, based on a mixture of black, green and oolong teas, is surprisingly rich, with a nose more like some sweet spice than like tea. This was Melkon's attempt to commemorate their honeymoon in France, where they'd made a memorable visit to an old tea house.”

Guess what I’ll be bringing to a regular gathering with my Russian buddies? I doubt they will sip the vodka, though…that’s just too new school.

(Photo: Francine Orr / LAT)


Will said...

Maybe we'll have to spice things up at our next tasting!

Seriously, though - in keeping with the other subject of your web log, we should have some wine at the end (or beginning) of our tasting sometime.

Nick said...

Hmm, a little reading on the web seems to say that infusing vodka isn't too hard---prepare your ingredients, use very distilled liquor, then mix & store in the dark for days to weeks. I'm curious about how to practically do this with teas---you'd probably need to "wash" them with very hot water, first, to open them up enough for the flavor to permeate, no?

Any other thoughts?

p.s. Phyll, the new blog layout looks great.

Steven Dodd said...

Giving the tea a wash to open them up does sound like a good idea. Vodka should be ~60% water so it ought to infuse the teas well enough.

William I. Lengeman III said...

There's also Charbay Winery and Distillery, who make a green tea vodka.