27 January 2008

Blueberry Tea will Cure All!!!!

A quiet Sunday has been spent catching up on laundry and the usual never-ending household chores. My appetite hasn't really come back , so , instead I am offering you a comforting warm drink that I fall back upon many times. Hic! I am not really a coffee drinker ( I hear your gasps!!!!!), so , when at a restaurant (as a replacement for dessert or a special coffee) I quite often order a Blueberry Tea as a relaxing end to a delicious meal.

Blueberry Tea is a cocktail made from tea and liqueurs. With this cold and feeling in need of comfort I have derived much pleasure from its warmth the past few days. The combination of amaretto, Grand Marnier and orange pekoe tea gives it a fruity taste that some liken to the flavour of blueberries.

Blueberry Tea is usually served in a brandy snifter, to concentrate and hold the alcohol fumes released by the tea's heat....perfect for a cold winters night!!!!! Since I haven't a brandy snifter in the house I had to substitute. It doesn't affect the flavours at all!
When the ladies and I from work get together this is my signature drink. They have come to expect this at the table or perhaps, as of late, a glass of ice wine in a chocolate cup for dessert.

Ingredients are typically:

1 oz. Grand Marnier liqueur
1 oz. Amaretto liqueur
Hot Orange pekoe tea to taste

Add both liqueurs to the snifter and then fill with hot tea to taste. Swaddle the brandy snifter in paper napkins or a cloth to protect the hands. Some suggest a sugared rim, or adding sugar to the tea, or a lemon garnish.

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  1. Something else new to me . Sounds like just what I need now after spending some hours outdoors.

  2. Val, I overheard someone ordering one at the pub. I think they were really sick, they have four! lol

  3. Blueberry tea is very comforting Glamah! Yes they must have been really ill Peter!

  4. Very interesting reading, as usual. I have never heard of this. I am afraid though that I don't understand the connection with blueberries.

  5. Ah yes - I can completely understand why that's a cure-all!

  6. I don't understand the blueberry name either, but booze in tea? I'm in! :)

  7. Wow, seems that this would awake a dead man (as we say here!).
    I had to laugh to Peter's comment :D

    In Spain to cure colds my grandma always prepared me some warm fresh lemon juice and honey... you would laugh to see my faces!

  8. The warmth of the drink opens up your sinuses,and if not what the tea won't help the booze will. The blueberry name comes from the fact that with the mixture of the 2 liqueurs some feel it tastes like blueberries.

  9. I was ready to write this off since I'm generally not one for teas, but clearly, this is better than a run-of-the-mill tea. ;-) Sounds good to me!

  10. Never heard of this one but surely will try it as I am a tea drinker also. I will have coffee only if it as liquer in it! Interesting to hear the combination tastes like blueberries!

  11. Liqueur+ tea!! i need some of that asap :)

  12. When I first saw 'Blueberry Tea', I thought, uh, no thanks, I'll pass. Then I saw the ingredients... May I have one please? I wonder how well known they are - or is it a local thing...Must research!

  13. This sounds sooo good!


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