Irish Tea Party Cocktail

Irish Tea Party Cocktail

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

Have an Irish tea party on St. Patrick's Day! This simple recipe is, essentially, a Jameson and green tea drink, but there's a fun twist that makes it a little more interesting and very memorable.

The surprise you'll find in this drink is a hint of absinthe. The "green fairy" is a very intensely flavored spirit that can easily overpower any drink. Here, however, it is handled with care and used to simply rinse the glass, leaving behind its characteristic taste and softly accenting the spiked iced tea. It's a technique that's been used for decades, including in the funky classic called the monkey gland.

This recipe comes from Jameson Irish Whiskey, so it naturally favors that brand, and it is a good pairing choice for both the chilled sweet tea and the absinthe. If you're typically a fan of drinks like the Jameson and ginger, this should be a nice alternative and that absinthe kiss is sure to invigorate your taste buds.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 ounce absinthe (Pernod; approximately)
  • 1 ounce Irish whiskey (Jameson)
  • 4 ounces green tea (sweetened and chilled)
  • Garnish: lime slice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Pour the absinthe into a rocks glass. Tilt and rotate the glass to swirl the absinthe around the inside of the glass.

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  3. Tip the glass to allow the absinthe to reach the rim of the glass, continuing to swirl.

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  4. Once the glass is completely coated, pour out the remaining absinthe.

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  5. Add ice to the glass.

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  6. Pour the Jameson Irish Whiskey over the ice.

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  7. Add the green tea and garnish with a lime slice.

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  8. Serve and enjoy!

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Tips

  • Be sure to have your tea brewed and chilled before making the drink.
  • It's also best to sweeten the tea to your taste because there's no other sweetener or actual mixing involved in the cocktail. Use honey, agave nectar, simple syrup, or your favorite sweetener.
  • To keep your drink colder for a longer period, chill the glass before mixing the drink.
  • Avoid an overly diluted drink and ensure you get to enjoy the full flavor until the last drop by using large pieces of ice. An ice ball, for instance, will melt slower than the average ice cubes, offering all the coolness without any excess water.

Recipe Variation

Rather than absinthe, rinse your glass with another herbal liqueur if you like. Drambuie, Benedictine, and Chartreuse are all excellent options that will complement both the whiskey and the green tea.

How Strong Is an Irish Tea Party?

Despite the fact that the absinthe is just a little rinse, Pernod is a 136-proof spirit so you can't ignore it when estimating the alcohol content of the Irish tea party cocktail. However, it is still insignificant and this drink remains relatively mild, weighing in at right around 10 percent ABV (20 proof). In this case, the absinthe is included for taste, not potency.

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