Warm Up with Numi Organic Tea Cocktails

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Americans are having a love affair with tea – hot, iced and now, even in their cocktails!  In fact, in 2010 we consumed well over 65 billion servings of tea.  As the discovery of fine tea grows among consumers, the very best organic and premium teas are the fastest-growing segment of the market.

It’s no secret that the creation of fine cocktails has become an art, with mixologists and “bar chefs” insisting on only the best, freshest and most delicious ingredients.  So it’s no surprise that Numi Organic Tea has become one of the bartenders’ most popular choices when they are infusing spirits or creating cocktails.  Numi lets nature speak for itself, hand-picking premium organic teas and herbs and blending them with only real fruits, flowers and spices.  Since the company uses real ingredients and high quality teas & herbs (not tea dust or fannings), there is no need to apply other, less genuine flavorings or fragrances to create flavor.

This season, Numi has teamed up with the nation’s first tea sommelier, James Labe, to offer a number of ingenious concoctions that will warm the body and entice the senses.   Inspired by Numi’s pure flavor blends and real ingredients, Labe created these delectable drinks below using all of the finest ingredients available.

DUTCH TEA

Dutch Tea

Created by James Labe

4 oz. Numi Chocolate Puerh Tea

2 oz. Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka

1 oz. Heavy Cream

Sugar

Steep 1 Numi Chocolate Pu-erh tea bag at normal strength with freshly boiled water for 3 minutes, then remove bag. Add Vodka and stir. Whip cream with a little sugar and float on top. Dust with Powdered Cocoa to garnish.

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ORANGE SPICED CIDER

Orange Spiced Cider

Created by James Labe

1 Numi Orange Spice Tea Bag

8 oz. Apple Cider

2 oz. Ron Abuelo Añejo rum

Heat Cider until very hot. Steep 1 Tea Bag directly in Cider for 5 minutes, covered. Uncover, add Rum and stir. Garnish with Cinnamon Stick.

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PEAR HONEYBUSH

Pear Honeybush

Created by James Labe

1 Numi Honeybush Teabag

2 oz. Bourbon

4 oz. fresh Pear Juice

Infuse tea bag in bourbon for thirty minutes, then remove bag, squeezing out excess.

Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice.

Shake and strain into glass.

Serve with Maraschino Cherry.

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