Lapsang Souchong is thought by many to be the original black tea. It is smoked over a pinewood fire giving it its distinctive love-it-or-hate-it flavour. It was the smokiest tea I could find, and I was convinced it would go well with tonic – so much so I was in fact quite peeved that it did not. (Mind you, I think everything’s going to go well with tonic.)
But I got over it and learned the following: a) the way you make this tea is super important – do not steep it longer than 4 minutes or it starts to taste like rubber and b) the smokiness goes really well with sweet rose
The Original Sin Recipe
- 1 oz Rose Water
- 4 tsp. Agave syrup
- 10 oz of cooled Lapsang Souchong tea (as brewed below)
Put all in shaker over ice. Shake with extra vigour to ensure the agave mixes well, and serve over ice. Serves 2.
To brew the tea: for every 3 cups of boiling water use 3 tsp of tea, ideally in a tea ball, in a warmed teapot. Let it steep for 4 minutes. Remove the tea ball, or strain the tea if you’ve just thrown it all together. Let cool.
If you are Satan and prefer stronger tea – do not steep longer! add more tea instead. Well, unless you’re Satan and you want a drink called Rubber Hose, which might be fun…….if you’re Satan. (Turns out the longer you steep it, the more it tastes like rubber)