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Throwback Saturday (that’s a thing, right?!) to our delightful winter cocktail class with Smith Teamaker last week. We made several cocktails, including the fan favorite - the Peppermint Port Sour. We thought we'd share the recipe here, so you can create some holiday magic of your own!
Peppermint Port Sour Cocktail (Makes 1 cocktail)
3⁄4 oz. Peppermint Leaves tea reduction (see below)
R 3⁄4 oz. bourbon or rye whiskey
3⁄4 oz. tawny port
3⁄4 oz. lemon juice
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin with ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain and serve over ice in a tumbler glass. Garnish with lemon peel. /// Smith Tea Reduction:
(Make 1 cup of syrup)
6 sachets of Smith Peppermint Leaves Tea
16 oz. filtered water
1⁄2 cup sugar
1⁄2 oz. vodka*
Directions: Bring water to a boil and add tea sachets. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, let steep for 5 minutes, discard sachets, add sugar and stir until dissolved. Let syrup rest and bring to room temperature. Optional: Add vodka. This lengthens shelf life. Bottle, date and refrigerate.
We love supporting innovative local distilleries and we use local spirits in our cocktails whenever possible. Freeland is a new local distillery, which is woman owned and operated. We’ve been using their gin for our cocktail classes - it’s SO good. (And how about that packaging?!)