Tea Clipper {a scotch tamarind cocktail}

Sometimes, you just want an easy to drink to sip on after a long day. I totally get that. I feel the same way sometimes. With those nights in mind, I created this scotch tamarind cocktail. Made with an earl grey infused scotch and tamarind soda, it’s just a matter of pouring the two ingredients over ice and adding a straw. The rest is just a matter of sipping with your feet kicked up.

scotch tamarind cocktail with earl grey tea infused scotch

But before you get all comfy cozy with your scotch tamarind cocktail, you need to infuse the scotch. It’s really easy to do. Just drop a tea bag in a cup of scotch and let it sit for about 1-1/2 hours. I used Tazo earl grey tea along with Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Blended Scotch Whisky. The tea is made from black tea, bergamot essence and lavender flowers. The scotch is made from grain and malt whiskies, aged in American oak casks and bottled at 100 proof. They go well together.

Tea Clipper: Scotch tamarind cocktail with earl grey tea infused scotch and tamarind soda

As for the soda part of this scotch tamarind cocktail, I went with Jarritos Tamarind Soda. It seems to be the most popular tamarind soda and can be found in some grocery stores, many Mexican markets and even in Mexican restaurants. My kids enjoyed it straight from the bottle. I enjoyed it mixed with booze.

earl grey tea infused scotch and tamarind soda highball

Tea Clipper
An easy highball made with earl grey infused scotch and tamarind soda.
Serves: 1
  • 1-1/2 ounces earl grey tea infused scotch*
  • Tamarind soda
  1. *To make the earl grey infused scotch, add 1 earl grey tea bag to 1 cup scotch (I used Tazo tea and Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Blended Scotch Whisky). Let steep for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, tasting along the way until the tea flavor comes through.
  2. For the cocktail:
  3. Add infused scotch to an ice filled highball glass.
  4. Top with tamarind soda.
  5. Add a straw, stir and enjoy.


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Note: A bottle of Cutty Sark was sent to me to use in cocktail creating. All thoughts, opinions, images and recipes are my own.

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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. Outside of the internet, she works at DEATH & TAXES (a bar) and midtown eats (a restaurant) in Reno, Nevada. When not working, Jessica can be found working out, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.
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4 comments… add one
  • Sippitysup September 26, 2014, 6:25 pm

    Yep, Jarritos is the main contender in this category. It’s good though, and I can imagine how this dirty Scotch would make it even better. GREG

    • Jessica Torres September 27, 2014, 9:00 am

      Even if you don’t infuse the scotch, the two are a good match. Thanks for visiting!

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche September 27, 2014, 1:48 am

    I am a massive fan of everything earl grey.. but have actually never seen an earl grey scotch before! Thanks for drawing my attention to the product and this recipe, it’s definitely something that I will be keeping my eyes peeled for.

    • Jessica Torres September 27, 2014, 9:01 am

      Earl grey is fantastic with both gin and scotch. Cheers!


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