Ok, so this is my final brew with this…I guess I could be a sipdown. I did indeed add the last bit of the tea to the existing steeped leaves, and I added the last little bit of Cointreau to it. I did use sugar and milk. For all you Après Ski haters out there, booze it up! In the description, they mention that this begs for a splash of brandy. While I don’t have brandy, I do have Cointreau (well, I did until I poured the last of it in this tea, but there wasn’t much left anyway) and I thought that the orange taste of it would match well with the tea, since it has orange peel on it already.
Well, it works, in a way. The fig tones are pretty subdued now under the stronger orange tones, but this definitely makes this a more drinkable brew. Bandy or rum probably would be better, so as not to hide the fig figgy figgieness so much. I bet this would be great on a cold winter day, coming in from the snow, and warming up. The earthy tones of the tea, the warming of the booze, and it could be quite nice for a cozy night in, with or without guests. Still, probably not going to be a priority to repurchase right now. But the booze is a great addition!