12 Drinks of Christmas-Day #4! Hot New Cocktails from COOL Brands: The Famous Grouse, Owl’s Brew

I just learned about The Famous Grouse (Scotland’s #1 Scotch!!). I had not heard about it. That I don’t drink scotch might accound for my ignorance. I figure that my lack of finding a scotch that works with my personal palette is why I am unfamiliar with the brand. That said, I am always game to try new spirits and new brands. I was pleasantly surprised to get a release on the latest from The Famous Grouse and a tea company that I do know, The Owl’s Brew partnering up to create cocktails that work perfectly with together. Scroll down b for the cocktail recipes.

The Famous Grouse, Scotland’s no. 1 Scotch, and The Owl’s Brew, the first-ever tea crafted for cocktails, have joined forces to create two exceptional new tea blends: The Famous Mint Tea and The Smoky Earl that launched in the fall!

This collaboration, the first official spirits partnership for The Owl’s Brew, provides whisky drinkers and bartenders with quality and convenient products to create signature cocktails inspired by the classics at home and in the bar. The Famous Mint Tea is designed to pair with The Famous Grouse, while The Smoky Earl has been created to complement The Black Grouse’s distinctively smoky character.

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“Tea-based cocktails are a popular trend in the mixology world right now, and this special relationship capitalizes on that by providing consumers with two flavorful bespoke tea blends that mix perfectly with The Famous Grouse and The Black Grouse whiskies,” said Jim Brennan, SVP Marketing of Edrington Americas, the makers of The Famous Grouse. “We’re excited to be part of a partnership thatspotlights a classic British tradition while tying back to the celebration of blending, a key component of our historical brand.”

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To create the customized teas, The Famous Grouse and Owl’s Brew teams worked with a small group of some of the country’s finest bartenders to develop blends that would complement and accentuate each of the whisky’s distinct taste profiles, while also bringing classic British flavors to life as a nod to The Famous Grouse’s heritage.

The Tea Blends

The Famous Mint Tea: a fresh-brewed peppermint tea with a hint of lemon that nicely balances the citrus fruit notes and clean finish of The Famous Grouse

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The Smoky Earl: a fresh-brewed smoky Earl Grey and Lapsang Souchong tea, with notes of honey and lemon, that complements the spice and dried fruit flavors of The Black Grouse

“We’ve always loved toddies and are thrilled to head into fall and winter with two new toddy-inspired offerings made specifically with The Famous and Black Grouse in mind,” said Jennie Ripps, Founder and CEO of Owl’s Brew. “Our all-natural Owl’s Brew tea blends feature whole tea leaves, fruits and spices, providing beverage drinkers with a fresh and delicious taste.”

Northern Star
Created by Marco Zappia, Eat Street Social and Scena Tavern, Minneapolis

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Ingredients:
1.5 oz The Famous Grouse

.5 oz Ginger Syrup

.25 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

5 oz The Owl’s Brew Famous Mint Tea

2 Dashes Bittercube Jamaican #1 Bitters
Garnish: Mint Leaf, Star Anise and Lemon Peel

Instructions:
Boil water and bring to a simmer.

Place The Famous Grouse, Ginger Syrup, Fresh Lemon Juice and Bitters in a large tin,

Add simmering water to a smaller tin, placing the larger tin on top of the smaller tin- creating a poor man’s “bain marie.”

Add remaining simmering water to mug to preheat glass.

Heat The Owl’s Brew Famous Mint Tea on the stove and bring to 180 degrees,

Add to rest of cocktail “bain marie” and stir together. a

Remove water from mug, pour contents from “bain marie” into a mug,

Garnish with Mint Leaf, Star Anise and Lemon Peel and serve.

Glass: Mug
Garnish: Mint Leaf, Star Anise and Lemon Peel

High Tea Toddy
Created by Marco Zappia, Eat Street Social and Scena Tavern, Minneapolis

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Ingredients:

1.5 oz The Black Grouse

5 oz The Owl’s Brew Smoky Earl Tea

.5 oz Rosemary Honey Syrup

.25 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

2 Dashes Bittercube Orange Bitters

Garnish: Baby’s Breath, Rosemary, Orange Peel

Instructions:
Boil water and bring to a simmer.

Place The Famous Grouse, Rosemary Honey Syrup, Fresh Lemon Juice and Bitters in large tin,

Add simmering water to a smaller tin, placing the larger tin on top of the smaller tin- creating a poor man’s “bain marie.”

Add remaining simmering water to mug to preheat glass.

Heat The Owl’s Brew Smoky EarlTea on the stove and bring to 180 degrees,

Then add to rest of cocktail “bain marie” and stir together.

Remove water from mug, pour contents from “bain marie” into a mug,

Garnish with Baby’s Breath, Rosemary, Orange Peel and serve.

Glass: Mug
Garnish: Baby’s Breath, Rosemary, Orange Peel

Thanks to The Famous Grouse and Owl’s Brew for the fabulous recipes!
If you try one of these drinks, out (or anything from The Famous Grouse) please ping me on twitter.com/lastory!

Merry Christmas! !

Stevie Wilson,
LA-Story.com

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