New Thing #335: Drink a Tea-based Cocktail

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As a nice change of pace tonight, Shauna whipped up my new thing of the day: an Orange Blossom Oolong Tea cocktail.

After attending a tea mixology seminar last week she’s been eager to try out her new found knowledge. Plus, they sent her home with said orange blossom oolong syrup and some recipes.

The syrup itself is a normal simple syrup with tea used instead of water. Why I never thought of flavoured simple syrups before now is beyond me. And this little lemon-gin-oolong ditty knocked our socks off.

Now I think some experimenting is in order.

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New Thing #79: DavidsTea

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Let’s face it, this springtime in Toronto sucks. And spending an afternoon outside in the freezing drizzle for a photo shoot did not make for a comfortable day away from the office.

Thankfully the shoot went great (I love working with Philip Rostron) and it was located across from DavidsTea.

Yes, I drink a lot of espresso publicly, but I’m more of a tea drinker at home so it seemed the perfect place to warm up on a miserable day.

And it was wonderful. I was immediately greeted with a sample of some chocolate-mint tea (which I bought a bag of), then guided through a variety of spicy citrus flavours that I was in the mood to drink.

While I waited for my oolong to steep I admired the vibrant, yet minimalist design of the shop. The line of colour coded canisters behind the counter breathed life into the white walled room. Enticing gift displays peppered the space in the back while a few tables occupied the front of the store.

Two hours later and I was back inside ordering a sensational Crème Brulée roibus.

New Thing #5: Mill Street Lemon Tea Beer

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I’ve long been a fan of Mill Street brews, wheat beers and tea. So how excited was I when I grabbed a quick pint with my old friend Sasha tonight and saw this beer on the menu? Spoiler: pretty excited.

If the name hadn’t already grabbed me, the description did:

Wheat beer infused with orange pekoe and Earl Grey teas with a subtle lemon twist.

Immediately after taking the first sip I longed for summer to be here. This is my perfect summer beer. Very light with a bit of crispness and a slight kick of tea underneath everything else. I can’t believe I’ve never come across it before. 

I sense a lot more trips to Spirits Bar and Grill for refreshments over the coming months.

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