It’s World Cocktail Day, so Black Bottle is helping us celebrate with these three delicious tea-infused cocktails. But, you might ask, why the tea? The three Graham brothers who began distilling whisky in Aberdeen way back in 1879, got their first taste of success by blending teas. However, their true passion lay elsewhere so they turned their talents to a different drink – whisky. And when they bottled their first commercial dram in German-made black glass, a legend was born. Enjoy!

Gordon Graham’s Old Fashioned
Taking on the popular Old Fashioned cocktail, this small twist expresses more of the flavour profiles of Black Bottle and references Gordon Graham’s tea blending past.

Glass:  Old fashioned / rocks
Garnish: Orange twist

Ingredients:
50ml Black Bottle
4-5 dashes / drops of Black Bottle Blended Tea Tincture or Angostura bitters
12.5ml blended tea syrup

Method:
Add ingredients to mixing glass over ice, stir until chilled and strain into rocks glass over block or cubed ice, garnish with orange zest.

 Torphins Iced Tea
A long, refreshing drink with flavours of peach and tea.  Torphins is the birth place of the Graham brothers.

Glass: Hi-ball / Collins
Garnish: Lemon wheel

Ingredients:
40ml Black Bottle
20ml Rinquinquin Peach Vermouth
12.5ml sugar syrup
20ml lemon juice
50ml Black Bottle Cold Brew Blended Tea
Lemon

Method:
Pour ingredients in glass over ice, stir, garnish with lemon wheel.

Caro Verde (Dear Green)
This drink comprises Black Bottle whisky, Amaro Nonino, jasmine green tea syrup, Angostura bitters.  The name is Italian and refers to the green tea element, the Italian liqueur used and also to Glasgow.

Glass: Coupe or wine glass
Garnish: None

Ingredients:
40ml Black Bottle whisky
20ml Amaro Nonino
2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
15ml jasmine green tea syrup

Method:
Add ingredients to mixing glass over ice, stir for 15 seconds or until chilled, strain into pre-chilled coupe or wine glass.

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