You could always tell when my Grandma Effie's "tea" had a kick, you could hear the ice cubes clinking around her china cup as she sipped. I kinda always wanted to try that tea, it sure made Grandma happy, but Mom said it was grown-up tea and always shoved something less potent towards me.
Well, I'm all grown up now, Mom.
BOURBON, HIBISCUS and ROSEWATER
2 Oz. Bourbon
2 Oz. Wild Hibiscus Tea
1 Tsp. Orange Juice Concentrate
1 Oz. Rose Hibiscus Syrup
Garnish: Hibiscus Flower
Tools: Cocktail Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer
Glass: Tea Cup
Brew the Hibiscus Tea, strong, and allow to cool.
Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake and until chilled.
Strain into a teacup with a few ice cubes in it, garnish and serve.
Grandma's tea was usually just orange pekoe with a couple of fingers of bourbon, so why the rose and hibiscus? Because my grandma always smelled like rosewater, and the wallpaper in her house had giant hibiscus flowers all over it.
MAKES A GREAT HOT TODDY TOO
Yes, you can do this hot, it just happened to be an 80 degree day in December here in Tucson when I made this, I wasn't going with a hot toddy! Just don't cool the tea and leave out shaking and straining, which is primarily to strain out any ice shards anyway.
Cheers to you, Grandma Effie, I sure hope there's bourbon up there!
PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY