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#HappyHourClub 02 / Queen of Hearts

#HappyHourClub 02 / Queen of Hearts

#happyhourclub 02 / Queen of Hearts

Did you know the only way is the Queen’s way? Who here remembers that classic line from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland? I’m completely in love with this classic and that’s why I couldn’t help but name this easy-to-make cocktail after the beloved villainess Queen of Hearts. She’s so ridiculous you can’t help but love her. Here’s what you’ll need for this cocktail:


Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Mason Jar: sterilized and cleaned, of course!
  • 1 packet of rose petal loose leaf tea. Any brand you prefer, but I adore Smoke Camp Crafts Appalachian herbs. I haven’t found a place to purchase online but when I do, I’ll be sure to share.
  • 1 750 ml bottle of preferred label of Scotch (I used Trader Joe’s for this batch since I was making it in bulk for my LA meet-up, #happyhourclub)

Let’s start infusing:

Pour scotch into large mason jar. Next, add your loose leaf tea with proper tea holder. Cost Plus has great options for disposable tea holders but if you like loose leaf you might as well invest in fun loose tea holder like these options featured on Bored Panda.

Now it’s time to wait. I like to let mine sit in the refrigerator for about a week. I prefer my infusions like my drinks: the stronger, the better. Once you are ready to pour your infusion, think about creative ways to serve your infusion or what cocktails you can add it into. I like to keep it simple and add water to my infusion to help cut the scotch and bring out the notes of the tea. Adding water really opens up this infusion. You can serve hot or cold.

Special thanks to Carrie from Frugal Foodie Mama for this great gift during a secret Santa exchange last year.

PS: While you are creating your elixir, jam to this Alice in Wonderland mix by Pogo and don't forget to enter the instagram challenge by hashtagging your cocktail instagram photos with #happyhourclub:

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#HappyHourClub 03 / By Train! { AKA the Gin Rickey }

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