Rooibos Infused Mulled Martinez

Rooibos Infused Mulled Martinez

The Martinez cocktail is thought to have originated in Manhattan in the 1860's and was the inspiration for the ever popular Martini.

We've teamed up mixologist Rich Woods also known as @the_cocktailguy. He is making waves in the mixology scene as the Duck & Waffle’s Head of Spirit & Cocktail Development. We've joined forces to create a series of hot and cold tea infused cocktails. 

This week we have a Rooibos infused Mulled Martnez hot cocktail. This is a take on the classic Martinez using red wine and one of our infusion teas, Rooibos. Rooibos or Redbush tea is a South African herb known as the South African wonder herb. It has endless health benefits due to its high levels of minerals such as zinc, calcium iron, potassium, copper & magnesium (to name a few!)

Ingredients for the Mulled Martinez cocktail

  • 150ml High Strength Gin
  • 150ml Sweet Vermouth
  • 50ml Maraschino Liqueur
  • 35ml Mulled Sugar Syrup (see below)
  • 20ml Lemon Juice
  • 130ml Water
  • 18g We Are Tea Rooibos Tea

Ingredients for the Mulled Sugar Syrup

  • 100ml Red Wine
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 3 Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick

How to make the Rooibos Mulled Martinez 

  1. First up gently heat the red wine and add all of the spices for the mulled sugar syrup. Then slowly add in the sugar stirring as you go until it has dissolved fully into the wine.
  2. Next remove from the heat and allow the wine to cool. Then strain the mix to remove all the spices.
  3. Now its time to get infusing! Pop the Rooinos Rooibos tea into the gin and leave in there to infuse for a minimum of 4hrs prior to filtering. Once the time has passed, simply pass the mix through muslin, a tea cloth or coffee filter (ensuring to squeeze out any residual liquid). Discard the Rooibos tea leaves. 
  4. Mix all the liquids together in a pan and place over a medium heat. (Top tip: Remember that although this is a warm cocktail, alcohol evaporates at a lower temperature than water, so too high a heat and the alcohol with burn off.)
  5. Then ladle the cocktail into heat proof mugs/cups and zest a small coin sized lemon zest over the drink (the approximate size of a ladle is 125ml)
  6. Enjoy!
Check out our Rooibos (AKA Redbush) tea.

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      If you like this check out our tea infused cocktails:

      • Super Berry Bramble: Invented only 20 years ago, the Bramble has become a modern classic. The Super Berry infusion tea adds a new level to this refreshing short fruity cocktail, serve over crushed ice.
      • Smokey Negoni: A punchy & potent twist on the classic cocktail using one of our black teas, Ceylon with Vanilla. Another great winter warmer (this one is another hot cocktail).

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