Tea Mixology 101

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We all know tea complements any lifestyle, mood, time of day, or weather. That’s why we never run out of delicious recipes to try. Like these tipsy tea combos. Why not kick things up a notch by adding a little shot of liquor to your cuppa? Or take it a step further and create your own award-winning concoction with our DIY tea-infused simple syrup.

Whether you’re hosting a boozy brunch, hitting a soirée or having a quiet night in with the besties, our DT Mixology Guide has everything you need to spike your favourite brew with a little something extra!

The secret to a killer tea cocktail

Making cocktails is a lot like cooking – it’s all about balancing flavours. With over 100 teas to choose from, we’ve got the perfect blend to pair with any of your liquor cabinet staples. Get ready to start dancing on tables in 3… 2… 1…

Pro tip: when you’re preparing tea for a cocktail, be sure to brew it strong by adding extra tea for the amount of water. It needs strength to stand up to the alcohol.

Let’s get mixing!

White Rum

White rum pairs best with tropical and citrus flavours. Keep it fun and refreshing! Think mango shakes and piña coladas.

We recommend: Mango Madness, Caribbean Crush and Pura Vida.

Spiced Rum

Spiced rum complements chocolaty and spicy teas. Use a shot to upgrade that rich and fiery chai latte!

We recommend: Saigon Chai, Cinnamon Rooibos Chai, Spiced Apple and The Spice is Right.


Vodka is a great base for lighter flavours, meaning it’ll pair perfectly with mild fruits and florals. Jasmine martini, anyone?

We recommend: Silk Dragon Jasmine, Green Passionfruit, Maracuja Mango and Organic Goji Green.


Gin has a strong kick to it, so start conservative. Stick to fruity flavours! Try it with a berry or citrus tea.

We recommend: Sweet Lime, Guava Cadabra and Electric Lemonade.


Champagne, Prosecco and sparkling wine add a palate-pleasing lightness and astringency to juicy sweet teas. Splash in some bubbly for a perfect brunch cocktail. Peach mimosas all around!

We recommend: Just Peachy, Sparkling Sangria, Honeycrisp Apple and Juicy Orange.

How to make simple syrup with tea

Want sweet new way to add tea to your summer cocktails? Try this tea-infused simple syrup in your next drink, or add it to sparkling water or lemonade for a refreshing twist!

How to make it:

  • Brew 2 Perfect Spoonfuls of your favourite loose leaf tea in 1 cup hot of water for 5-10 minutes, depending on strength.
  • Strain into saucepan and add ¾-1 cup sugar depending on how sweet you’d like it. Turn heat to medium until sugar fully dissolves.
  • Add a teaspoon of simple syrup to your summer cocktail (or more if you like it sweeter). Sip up and enjoy!

Pro-Tip: Cool and store in airtight container for up to 1 week.

Try these buzzworthy combos

Queen of Tarts syrup + Tequila Sunrise

Blueberry Jam syrup + Mimosa

Juicy Orange syrup + Negroni

Super Ginger syrup + Moscow Mule

Sweet Lime syrup + Margarita

Which cocktail did you make? Show off your pics on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #DTrecipes.


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