|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 23g||8%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||7%|
|Total Sugars 16g|
|Vitamin C 26mg||132%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Typically, infused spirits are made with fruits or herbs, but a tea? It's interesting and the key ingredient in the Mad Hatter's tea party cocktail. The infusion is a nice change of pace, especially when you want to spruce up a nice rum and enjoy a quick spiked iced tea-flavored drink.
This recipe is courtesy of Flor de Caña Rum. It's a brand of premium rums from Nicaragua with a distillery located at the base of the San Cristobal Volcano. The rum is aged in former bourbon barrels and sealed with plantain leaves, two elements that definitely impart a unique character into the rums.
The tea infusion originally featured a special tropical fruit tea, Salon Summer Royale from T Salon. The blend includes papaya, mango, and pineapple, which offers an intriguing base to the cocktail's flavor. Any tea blend with a similar flavor profile will make a great substitute. The infusion only takes an hour, so it's a good last-minute option and once that's done the cocktail is very easy to mix up. You'll enjoy how the tea-flavored rum is gently enhanced with lime juice and simple syrup, with a hint of ginger to wake up your taste buds.
Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this cocktail is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and assembly.
Make Tea-Infused Rum
Gather the ingredients.
In an infusion jar, pour the rum, then add the tea.
Shake well and let stand for one hour.
Strain out the tea in a fine mesh strainer and bottle the rum. It can be stored like any other liquor.
Make the Mad Hatter's Tea Party
In a cocktail shaker, combine the tea-infused rum, lime juice, and syrups. Fill with ice.
Serve and enjoy!
- Flor de Caña now makes two 4-year-old rums. Both have a surprisingly dry finish and are worth trying in this cocktail. The Extra Seco rum is clear and has a light body that would probably be best for the tea infusion. The brand's Oro rum is a gold color with a medium body and a woodier taste.
- To make removing the tea easier, place it in a mesh tea infuser ball. This will eliminate the need to strain because you simply need to remove the ball once the infusion is done.
- Ginger syrup is easy to make at home and can be ready within an hour. As an alternative, if you have a bottle of ginger liqueur in stock, it's a perfect substitute.
How Strong Is a Mad Hatter's Tea Party?
The two recommended rums are bottled at 80 proof and the nonalcoholic mixers are only accents, so this is a rather strong cocktail. It should mix up to have an alcohol content around 20 percent ABV (40 proof), or half the strength of a straight shot of the rum.