A lower alcohol alternative to distilled spirits, sake is an excellent base for flavored cocktails. Its delicate flavor pairs well with flowery green tea and pink grapefruit juice.
12 ounces spring water
4 rounded teaspoons (or 4 bags) Fleur de Geisha tea*
2.5 ounces Sake
2.5 ounces pink grapefruit juice
3 1/2 tablespoons cane sugar
1.5 ounces (or 3 tablespoons) Triple Sec
Pinch ground ginger
In a small pot, bring the spring water to a simmer over a low flame (Do not let it boil). Add the Fleur de Geisha tea leaves and infuse for 3 minutes. Filter out the leaves by pouring liquid through a mesh strainer or remove tea bags, if using.
Let the tea cool, and then place in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes.
When the tea is chilled, place into a cocktail shaker along with the Sake, pink grapefruit juice and cane sugar. Shake.
Add Triple Sec and a few ice cubes. Shake vigorously until the outside of the cocktail shaker appears wet. Pour into glasses and garnish with a pinch of ground ginger, serve immediately.
Yields 5 servings.
*Inspired by the Japanese Hanami tradition of cherry blossom viewing, Fleur de Geisha is a refined
green tea, delicately flavored with cherry blossom.