Boozy Tea: Golden Monkey Black Tea Sangria

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Ever since I attended a tweetup at Bosie Tea Parlor I've been itching to try making golden monkey black tea sangria. Hours of scouring the internet did not give much inspiration so I sort of winged it. I live in a house full of clumsy folks (myself included) so this souvenir glass was the closest thing to a wine glass I could dig up. My recipe isn't quite there but it wasn't half bad. I suspect that using a better quality wine would work out better. This was my first attempt so I went with a bottle of Sutter Home from the grocery store. I'm sure that Bosie used something at least a little more high brow so I might be reattempting this in the future with something I pick up at work. Give the recipe a whirl and let me know what you think or if you would change anything.

Ingredients

1 bottle of red wine (I used Cabernet Sauvignon)

2 shots of Triple Sec

4 cups of water

4 teaspoons of golden monkey black tea

1 navel orange

1 gala apple

  • Heat the water to 212 degrees and steep the tea for 4 minutes. Strain and set aside to cool.
  • Combine wine and Triple Sec in a pitcher
  • Add room temperature tea
  • Chop up fruit and add to pitcher
  • Allow to chill and then serve over ice

For some reason the tannins in the wine and tea almost cancel each other out. The result is fairly smooth and very refreshing. It's officially fall and I really wish I had thought to do this on a warm summer day. Maybe my next project should be some tea infused mulled wine :)

Green Tea Glazed Sugar Cookies

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My penchant for cooking with matcha has found yet another outlet. I found a recipe to make a green tea glaze and decided to try it on my best sugar cookie recipe. They weren’t the prettiest cookies you ever saw but boy were they tasty! The sugar cookie recipe is actually an early Girl Scout cookie recipe. The only downside is that the dough usually turns out very sticky. I always wind up kneading in extra flower until it gets to the right consistency. I was being lazy and didn’t sift the powdered sugar or matcha. The dark colored specks are actually clumps of matcha that wouldn’t dissolve. Make sure that you learn from my mistake, don’t skip that step! I’m going to whip up a batch of these for Halloween since it kind of looks like slime. :)

Green Tea Glaze

1/2 cup of powdered sugar (sifted)

1 and 1/2 tablespoons of milk

1 teaspoon of matcha

Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar plus additional amount for topping (optional)

2 eggs

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

Cream butter and the cup of sugar; add well-beaten eggs, then milk, vanilla, flour, salt, and baking powder. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Roll dough, cut into shapes, and sprinkle sugar on top, if desired. Bake in a quick oven (375°) for approximately 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Makes six- to seven-dozen cookies.