Leaves all around, sweaters coming out & lots of apples and pumpkins everywhere! Autumn is here & it is time to enjoy some refreshing cocktails and mocktails that are made especially for autumn using tea. So, let’s check out our round up of autumn inspired tea cocktails and mocktails that you can make at home, hassle free!
#1. Iced Pumpkin Green Tea Cocktail
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp of granulated sugar
- 2 cups green tea, chilled
- 2 Tbsp pumpkin puree
- ½ tsp liquid sweetener
- 90 ml vodka
- Cinnamon sticks for garnish, optional
- Place cinnamon and granulated sugar on a small plate. Brush the rims of two glasses with water (or simple syrup if you have it) and turn glasses upside down on a plate to coat rims in cinnamon sugar mixture. In a shaker filled with ice add 1 cup green tea, 1 Tbsp pumpkin puree, ¼ tsp liquid sweetener, and 90 ml. vodka. Shake well. Strain into rimmed glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick if desired. Repeat with remaining tea, pumpkin puree, sugar liquid, and vodka for a second cocktail.
#2. Autumn Chill Chai-Tea-Ni Martini
- 30 ml Vodka (preferably Vanilla)
- 30 ml Light Cream (or milk)
- 2 cups of Masala Chai
- Cinnamon for the rim or top
- Whipped cream (optional)
- Measure the vodka, light cream, and Masala Chai into a martini shaker with ice. Shake lightly until blended and pour into a Martini glass that has been rimmed with cinnamon. Add some whipped cream or a light dusting of cinnamon on top.
#3. Apple Green Tea Cocktail
- 10 tsp of green tea
- 5 cups water
- 1 cup ice
- 5 cups apple cider
- 10 shots vodka
- Apple for garnish
- Black sugar for garnish
- Heat 4 cups of the water to a near boil. Add the tea leaves and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags and pour over the remaining cup of water and ice.
- Rim a glass with the sugar. Fill with ice. In the glass pour 1 shot of vodka, 1/2 cup of cider, and fill with green tea. Garnish with apples and serve.
#4. Sparkling Blackberry Tea Cocktail
- 30 ml tea concentrate (recipe below)
- 15 ml blackberry simple syrup (recipe below)
- 30 ml dry vermouth
- 15 ml lemon juice
- Sparkling Wine
- Blackberries (for garnish)
- Sage leaves (for garnish)
- 3 tsp of Nilgiri Bop
- 1 cup water
Blackberry Simple Syrup:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup blackberries
- Steep tea sachets in water just off a boil for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool to room temperature.
Blackberry Simple Syrup:
- Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat over medium until the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar has dissolved, add the blackberries and increase the heat to medium-high.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer, cover, and simmer for 2 minutes, then remove from heat.
- Allow the syrup to cool, covered, for at least 20 minutes.
- Strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer. Discard the berries. The syrup will keep in the refrigerator for about 6 months.
- In an ice filled wine glass, add all ingredients except sparkling wine. Stir to combine.
- Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a sage leaf and blackberry.
#5. Refreshing Hibiscus Mocktail
- 3 bags of hibiscus tea
- 3 cups water
- 2 small limes (about 4 tablespoons lime juice), plus lime rounds for garnish
- Sparkling water or club soda
- Ice, for serving
Honey Simple Syrup:
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons water
- To prepare the tea component, heat the water to a low simmer, either in a tea pot or in a saucepan on the stovetop. Steep the tea in the hot water for 3 minutes, then remove the bags (or strain off the loose tea). Set the tea aside to cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes.
- To make the honey syrup: Combine equal parts honey and water (say, 2 tablespoons each if you’re only making one batch of drinks) in a microwave-safe bowl or small saucepan. Warm in the microwave or over the stovetop just until you can completely stir the honey into the water. Set aside.
- When you’re ready to serve, fill four medium glasses with ice. Fill each halfway with hibiscus tea. Top each with about a tablespoon of lime juice and 1 teaspoon of the honey simple syrup, and stir to combine. Fill the rest of each glass with sparkling water, gently stirring afterward to combine. You may want to adjust to taste by using less lime juice or more simple syrup—totally up to you! Serve promptly.
#6. Green Tea With Mint & Lime Mocktail
- 3 – 4 teabags of green tea
- 4 limes
- 3 tbsp honey
- 500 ml sparkling water
- ice cubes
- 4 sprigs of fresh mint
Rinse 4 sturdy glasses with cold water and place in the freezer. With the teabags, make one liter of strong green tea and let cool. Slice one lime in thin slices. Press the 3 other limes. Add the lime juice and the honey to the cooled green tea. Take the glasses out of the freezer and fill with ice cubes and green tea. Add sparkling water to the glasses. Decorate with the fresh mint and slices of lime