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February 19, 2013

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

As the name implies, my idea for this cocktail popped in my head with an hour left to enter this contest. I had wanted to make a tea cocktail yesterday, but a girl can only test so many cocktails in one evening after supper and bedtime routines for small children. No matter, as a good cocktail is never trouble and you never know when a recipe might strike! The round almost-creaminess of the concentrated jasmine tea percolated on my palate over night and while you may end the evening with one of these, you might like to start the evening with one as well.


Food52 Review: gingerroot's dizzyingly delicious drink is what all cocktails should aspire to. The combination of the floral delicacy of the Jasmine green tea and the kick of ginger liqueur puts a sophisticated layer of flavors on top of vodka, elevating it beyond a mere twist on a martini. Sip it slowly while listening to some vintage jazz.wssmom

Serves: 1


For the cocktail

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce chilled concentrated jasmine green tea
  • 1/2 ounce Domaine De Canton ginger liqueur
  • Lime, for a twist

For concentrated jasmine green tea

  • 8 ounces water
  • 4 teaspoons jasmine green tea pearls
In This Recipe


For the cocktail

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with 4 to 5 ice cubes. Add vodka, green tea, and ginger liqueur. Shake vigorously until shaker is frosty and cold. Strain into a martini glass, and cut a twist of lime over the surface of the drink to get all of the lime oils. Garnish and enjoy.

For concentrated jasmine green tea

  1. Using a thermometer (I used a candy thermometer), heat the water in a small pot to 160° F. Any hotter and your green tea will be bitter. Add jasmine tea, cover pot, remove from heat and steep for 4 minutes. Strain into a small glass jar with a lid. Allow tea to cool a bit before closing lid and refrigerating until chilled. You can easily double or triple this for a crowd.

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Reviews (12) Questions (0)

12 Reviews

dickensthedog February 16, 2014
Do you think that the jasmine tea concentrate could be stored in the refrigerator for future use?
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gingerroot June 3, 2014
So sorry I missed this! How long in advance are you thinking? I'm guessing it would still be okay after a week.
Greenstuff March 13, 2013
I've been thinking about this one ever since I first saw it. I love Domaine de Canton in most any drink, including adding a splash to hot tea. And I have a green tea liqueur (Suntory Zen)that honestly find pretty awful. But a few drops to coat the glass, and then proceeding with your recipe is going to be a new favorite.
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gingerroot March 16, 2013
Thanks, Greenstuff! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
wssmom February 24, 2013
So glad this popped into your head!
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gingerroot February 26, 2013
Thanks, wssmom!!
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gingerroot March 7, 2013
Oh my goodness, wssmom, thank you for the lovely review!! I'm thrilled you enjoyed it. Here's to delectable cocktails and slow sipping. Cheers!
wssmom March 13, 2013
Back at ya!<br />
hardlikearmour February 20, 2013
Love it! Can just imagine the lovely floral jasmine tea with the ginger and a hint of lime.
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gingerroot February 22, 2013
Thanks, hla! The floral jasmine is the star here, while the ginger liqueur plays a subtle supporting role. I agree with boulangere, it is a perfect summer sipper!
boulangere February 19, 2013
I think this has summer evening written all over it. LOVE the name, as it was the last recipe posted - brilliant!
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gingerroot February 20, 2013
Thank you, boulangere! Haha, about the name, I was pretty sure my recipe was going to be the last one posted...