My grandfather loved to mix cocktails. It was a generational thing, I imagine, but when I was a kid he had (in my grandparents house) a full private bar stocked with everything he needed to mix highballs, martinis and all kinds of wondrous (to my young mind) beverages that I knew nothing about. I used to spend hours examining his collection of souvenir swizzle sticks. (I don’t guess they do it any more, but he had tons of plastic, wooden and glass swizzle sticks imprinted with the names of hotels and bars from all over the world. They were all a bit different, not just in shape size and color, but some of them were really interesting with landmarks or figures incorporated into the design.)
Anyway, I guess I was just a bit too enamored of his adult world of cocktails maybe, and grandpa, not wanting to leave me out, starting making a drink for me: Ginger ale with a fat maraschino cherry in it, and just a touch of the liquid from the jar that held the maraschino cherries. I’ve been a ginger ale addict ever since.
Ginger ale actually has a bit of lemon or lime (or both) in it as well as the ginger which gives it that extra warmth and spice. I considered a few different lemon/lime options before deciding that our ginger ale should have ginger and bergamot. The base tea had to be light enough to really let the bergamot and ginger shine, so I opted for our light and delicious Bai Mu Dan white tea.
So, without further delay or reminiscences, here is our premium Bai Mu Dan white tea, blended with real ginger and natural bergamot and ginger flavors. Enjoy!
Our new Tea of the Week for the week of February 7th, 2011