An easy-drinkin' tea cocktail with a smoky finish
|1||oz||Curaçao, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao|
|1||oz||Tea, Lapsang Souchong (The smokiness of the Lapsang is important, a substitute tea won't work here)|
|1||rinse||Islay Scotch, Laphroaig|
Rinse the glass with a smoky Islay Scotch (like Laphroaig). Then stir the rest of the liquid ingredients over ice and strain into the rinsed glass, straight up. Express the orange peel and use to garnish.
I recommend over-steeping or double-steeping the Lapsang Souchong to get as much of that smoky tea flavor as possible. Without a strong tea, this cocktail could taste a little bland or weak. With an over-steeped Lapsang, the slightly bitter pine-smoke flavor gives a nice edge to the lighter and sweeter ingredients.
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