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Absolut Wild Tea: “That is wild stuff.”

February 4, 2011

The first time I tried Absolut Wild Tea, it was under the name of Absolut Boston: part of the  City Bottle releases which include Brooklyn, New Orleans,  and Las Angeles (I think there should be a Santa Fe bottle!). It is an infusion of black tea and  Nordic white elderflower  with noted natural sweetness but no added sugar.  I have to say that my first impressions were harsh.  I found the flavor to be extremely challenging to my palate.  But I couldn’t let this stuff go.  After all I can get pretty obsessive especially when it comes to a spirit I am having trouble working into a drink.

Absolut has recipes substituting Absolut Wild Tea in a Cosmo (not bad) and a Mojito (that one is tasty actually) and Wild Tea Gimlet, made with fresh lime and simple syrup (good as well).  Slowly but surely some ideas began to brew and I started playing with Absolut Wild Tea.  I went back tasting it again pondering what goes great with tea specifically:  Lemon?  Mint? Berries?  Spices?

Now you’re thinking!   And the more I thought the more Absolut Wild Tea grew on me.  One night I started pouring, and came up with a couple of pretty damn good drinks.  See what you think…..

Hester Prynne Cocktail  (Kudos if you get the reference!!)

  • 2 oz Absolut Wild Tea
  • 4 raspberries (or 1/2 oz raspberry liqueur)
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz honey syrup
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters

Muddle raspberries, honey and lemon, Add Absolut Wild tea and bitters then shake with ice.  Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a lemon  twist and raspberry. (if using raspberry syrup, skip the muddling of course)

Kiwi Wild Tea

  • 1 1/2 oz Absolut Wild tea
  • 1/2 Kiwi
  • 1/2 oz Lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz vanilla liqueur
  • egg white
  • 3 drops orange flower water

Dry Hard shake the egg white, lemon and simple syrup.  Add all other ingredient except orange flower water,  and shake with ice.  Strain into an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice, and add the orange flower water.  Garnish with a kiwi wheel.

For those who like a little uniqueness in their libations, definitely give Absolut Wild Tea a try (check out their Super-Bowl drinks as well)!!   Though my first impressions were not too happy, I am most impressed with this new flavor from Absolut.

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