Tea Recipes

Ruby Red Revelation


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Grapefruit, rosemary, and green tea come together in this unconventional cocktail to make an herb-y infusion that’s perfectly balanced between sweet and sour. The rosemary simple syrup adds just enough sweet to offset the grapefruit and lemon juices. Homemade herbal simple syrups are a really easy way to add flair to your cocktails. The process is also pretty painless - just make simple syrup with honey or sugar, then add in your choice of herb, and let steep for half an hour to an hour! Feel free to experiment with making your own and coming up with new flavor combinations!


Makes 1 glass // Prep Time: 30 minutes // Active Time: 10 minutes


Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup fresh rosemary leaves


  • 1 rounded tsp loose leaf or 1 sachet/bag green tea
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 oz grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz vodka or gin
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz rosemary simple syrup
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • A sprig of fresh rosemary for garnish
  • Ice cubes


Rosemary Simple Syrup

You can always find some rosemary simple syrup at the store but sometimes it's just more fun to make your own. This simple syrup can also be made with sugar by making it with a 1:1 ratio of water to granulated sugar (in place of the honey). So, to make the syrup - add the honey and water to a saucepan and bring to a simmer on medium-low heat, stirring constantly until the honey dissolves. Then simmer for 1-3 minutes. Remove from heat, add in the rosemary, cover, and let infuse for at least 30 minutes (longer for a stronger rosemary flavor). The syrup will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container (mason jars work well) for up to one week!


Heat the water to around 175°F and steep tea for 1-3 minutes. Remove (strain) tea and let cool to room temperature (about 15 minutes). You can also add ice to your tea here to help it cool down faster!

In a cocktail shaker combine the grapefruit juice, vodka or gin, lemon juice, and rosemary simple syrup and the sea salt. Toss in a couple of ice cubes and shake for a good 10-15 seconds. Pour into a cocktail glass, add in half or all of the tea, and a handful of ice cubes. Stir gently, garnish with a sprig of rosemary, and enjoy!



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