Tiki and Tea, A Tea Smoked Cocktail

Tiki and Tea

Tiki cocktails are typically rum based, fruity, and by definition, showy.  William Prine, a senior service Captain at L’Espalier, located at the Mandarin Oriental in Boston, has created this fabulous drink.  It’s quite enjoyable as a straight tiki style cocktail, but the Keemun and clove smoke really bring it to life.  The Xocolat Bitters tease out the cocoa undertones of the Keemun tea and give a memorable finish to this cocktail.

Tea smoke can enhance endless different foods, but why not beverages?  I’ve often used Lapsang Souchong to add a smoky element to cocktails, but with the advent of a wonderful toy, The Smoking Gun from PolyScience, it has become fun and easy to smoke items that were previously quite a challenge!    I have to admit, as someone who periodically enjoys a good murder mystery, I love the name almost as much as the piece of equipment.  The Smoking Gun is more affordable (under $100) than some of it’s alternatives, and incredibly easy for light duty usage.

Tiki and Tea
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This cocktail is quite enjoyable as a straight tiki style cocktail, but the Keemun and clove smoke really bring it to life. The Xocolat Bitters tease out the cocoa undertones of the Keemun tea and give a memorable finish to this cocktail.
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Tiki and Tea
Print Recipe
This cocktail is quite enjoyable as a straight tiki style cocktail, but the Keemun and clove smoke really bring it to life. The Xocolat Bitters tease out the cocoa undertones of the Keemun tea and give a memorable finish to this cocktail.
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Ingredients
Smoking Mixture
Servings: cocktail
Instructions
  1. Shake well with ice (full cubes) and strain into a teapot or decanter.
  2. Proceed to smoke your cocktail
Smoking Mixture
  1. Blend together rice, tea leaves and clove and set aside.
Smoking the Cocktail
  1. Load the chamber of the Smoking Gun with about 1/2 teaspoon of your smoking blend. If using a different brand vaporizer, follow the instructions.
  2. Place the end of the hose into your teapot or decanter that is holding your cocktail.
  3. Fill the teapot or decanter with Keemun and Clove smoke. Cover the opening and swirl the cocktail gently to help infuse with the smoke.
  4. Decant into chosen glassware.
  5. Garnish and serve your smoked cocktail.
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