The Drink In The Season Holiday Recipe Contest was a hit this year with multiple qualified contestants submitting their creations. The Mighty Leaf team was quite impressed by the variety, and ingenuity of many of the drinks that we saw amongst the finalists in particular. Who would’ve known that Mighty Leaf Tea could be used in such creative, and enticing recipes?
The winner of the contest, Rosie 75 (see recipe below) really impressed us with her use of our Rose Silver Needle Tea to make a light, refreshing cocktail that would go perfectly in a picnic basket for a nice summer outing in Sonoma wine country or a bustling New Year’s Eve Party surrounded by friends. At first we thought that perhaps the gin would overpower the rose flavor, but after one taste, we were hooked. The rose is still pronounced due to using leftover petals as a garnish, and the gin helps support the fruity flavor of the white tea. The champagne also adds to this cocktail really well by adding a crisp, bubbly finish. These elements all came together to push this drink over the top, and narrowly claim victory in a real nail-biter of a voting round.
We would also like to take the time to mention The Earl’s Nog, a scrumptious combination of traditional eggnog with the refreshing bergamot of Organic Earl Grey thrown in. Another honorable mention would have to be the Southern Comfort Orange Cranberry Sweet Tea. As a fan of Mason jars, we loved how that was included into the recipe to give the cocktail a real down-home feel. The choice to use Orange Dulce tea really worked well to complement the whisky-like liquor. Last but not least, the Holiday Spiced Tea deserves recognition as the runner up to Rosie 75. This perfectly spiced elixir truly captured the holiday spirit of the competition, and had us merrily sipping on its decadent hints of cinnamon and allspice.
So, if your interest has been piqued by these descriptions, The Mighty Leaf team is happy to announce that these recipes will soon be available on our site for all of our fans to enjoy at home.
We look forward to promoting many more contests in the future similar to this one. Until next time, stay frosty and drink more tea!
ROSIE 75 Recipe
- Rose Silver Needle Tea (or other white or green tea with rose petals in it)
- 2 oz. Gin (preferably Beefeater)
- Juice of half a lemon
- 3 oz. Champagne
- 1tsp Superfine Sugar
Steep tea in gin until fragrant. Pour gin, lemon juice, and sugar in shaker with ice, and shake until cold. Strain into a champagne flute and top with cold champagne.