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Tea-Infused Alcohol

By December 28, 2011

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An image of vodka infused with Masala Chai.
Dried tea is, by its very nature, made to flavor liquid. It's usually prepared as an infusion in hot water. Sometimes (and some places, like where I'm currently traveling in India), it's boiled as a decoction. And other times, it's infused into alcohol. Personally, I consider New Year's to be one of those times for the third category!

Although there are many tea-infused spirits (mostly tea vodkas) on the market, few of them use very good quality tea. Fortunately, it's easy to make your own tea-infused spirits at home. Here are some easy recipes for making tea-infused spirits (and tisane-infused spirits): Do you have a favorite tea for infusing into alcohol? Or a favorite recipe for tea vodka? Share your tips and tricks with other readers in the comments below!

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Comments

December 29, 2011 at 9:00 am
(1) Russ Johnston says:

I’ll drink to that! Is an alcohol infusion a “tincture?” …or is that term reserved solely for medicines, as in “tincture of iodine?”

January 2, 2012 at 6:55 am
(2) coffeetea says:

Hmm, a tincture usually sits for longer (four weeks, six weeks, or more), and it’s best when made from fresh herbs. You could consider this to be medicinal in a similar manner to a tincture, but I think it’s more for enjoyment. ;)

December 7, 2013 at 11:50 am
(3) Giulio says:

This is very interesting, I’m worried though about what kind of substances are extracted when the tea goes in an alcoholic infusion.

I would expect, for example, more tannins to be extracted than in a watery solution?

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