In the winter months, it’s not uncommon to have negative temperature in South Dakota. In fact, it’s currently -34 degrees outside. I look for any opportunity to get outside, but even for an outdoorsman such as myself, it’s pretty hard to think about being active outdoors during these cold winter months. I’m not one for staying inside, that’s why I came up with a solution. A warm tea-based cocktail for those winter days that I like to call Boozy Blueberry Tea.
I remember a few years ago my wife’s family and I were planning a New Year’s Eve afternoon picnic at a local park. Keep in mind, it’s pretty cold out here during that time of the year. My father in-law mentioned bringing along some blueberry tea to warm us up and I didn’t think too much about it. However, everyone seemed very excited about this, but I still had no idea what it was. Once I found out, I was hooked. Now I’ve made the Boozy Blueberry Tea one of my own signature cocktails for wintery weather.
Before we move onto the recipe, I’m going to throw a curve ball at you. The interesting thing about this recipe is that there are no blueberries involved! I know, I know, you’re probably wondering why it would be called Boozy Blueberry Tea. We’ll get to that in a minute.
BOOZY BLUEBERRY TEA RECIPE
For Now, Let’s Get Into The Ingredients:
- 1-part Amaretto liqueur
- 1-part orange liqueur (Grand Marnier)
- 4-parts orange Pekoe Tea (to taste)
This winter cocktail interestingly provides a warm reminiscence of blueberries. This is why I think this cocktail is great for activities such as picnics, winter walks, and cross-country skiing because you can add more pekoe tea and make it more of a warming drink than a cocktail.
My wife and I recently brought along our favorite 25 oz Stanley Master Series Bottle filled with Boozy Blueberry Tea while cross country skiing with friends. This bottle is perfectly suited to slide into a small backpack and keep all of its content hot on a cold day. When I pulled out the bottle of Boozy Blueberry Tea, my friends didn’t think much about it. But once they took their first sip, their reaction was a lot like mine when I tried it for the first time. It was a great treat for everyone to share a nice warm drink half way through our afternoon ski.
Next time you are looking to keep you and your friends warm when cross country skiing, or even when you come inside from an afternoon on the ski hill, be sure to fill your favorite Stanley with some Boozy Blueberry Tea.
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