The Weekender {a coconut vanilla tea infused rum cocktail}

I’m not going to lie. This tea infused rum cocktail is going to take some work making the ingredients. But, it’s not hard work and the end result is a delicious Mai Tai-like drink that you’ll be happy to sip on in the summer months. Think of it as a weekend project cocktail, hence the name The Weekender.

tea infused rum cocktail 1

The first ingredient for this tea infused rum cocktail is the tea infused rum (shocking, I know). I used Davidson’s Coconut Vanilla Tea. It’s a local company for me but the tea is sold in stores all over and can be ordered online. This particular one is a dessert tea that is organic and caffeine-free (which is good if you’re like me and just a little bit of caffeine can keep you up all night). Anyway, I chose this particular tea because it reminds me of piña coladas and summer. Because of those thoughts, I knew I wanted to use it to infuse rum and that pineapple was going to have to be in the drink.

davidsons coconut vanilla tea

The next ingredient that you’ll need to make before enjoying your tea infused rum cocktail is the cinnamon syrup. Basically, it’s simple syrup infused with cinnamon sticks. Very easy to make and it brings a wonderful sweet spice to the mix. I used demerara sugar for mine because I wanted a richer taste. Regular white sugar would also work, but it will change outcome of the drink a bit.

tea infused rum cocktail

Now, when assembling the drink you’ll notice I also used a bit of cognac in addition to the tea infused rum. I found that using two ounces of the rum didn’t taste right in the drink. But, breaking that up with some cognac helped balance it out. It’s very Mai-Tai like, as in the original Mai Tai recipe and not the overly sweet, bottled Mai Tai that’s taken over.

tea infused rum cocktail 2

Oh, and for the crushed ice, I used my new hand crank portable ice crusher. I bought it last month on Amazon and so far it has been wonderful for crushing ice. Way better than my previous method of putting ice in a bag wrapped in a towel and beating it on the kitchen counter.

The Weekender
 
Coconut vanilla tea infused rum combines with pineapple juice and cinnamon syrup to create this tiki-like cocktail that's great for enjoying on the weekend.
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • For the tea infused rum:
  • 1 bag of Davidson's coconut vanilla tea
  • 1 cup white rum
  • For the cinnamon syrup:
  • ½ cup demerara sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, smashed into small pieces
  • For the cocktail:
  • 1-1/2 ounces coconut vanilla tea infused rum
  • ½ ounce cognac
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • ½ ounce lime
  • ¼ ounce cinnamon syrup
  • 1 dash Fee Brothers Old Fashion Aromatic bitters
  • Sprig of mint for garnish (or go tiki-wild with the garnish and include an umbrella, pineapple, orange and more)
Directions
  1. For the tea infused rum:
  2. Combine the coconut vanilla tea and white rum in a small glass container. Let sit for two hours, remove the tea bag (pressing on it to release any rum in there) and discard tea bag. Makes 1 cup rum.
  3. For the cinnamon syrup:
  4. Add sugar, water and smashed cinnamon stick pieces to a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool and strain out the cinnamon pieces using a fine mesh strainer. Store in a glass bottle in the fridge until ready to use. Makes ½ cup cinnamon syrup.
  5. For the cocktail:
  6. Combine all ingredients except for the garnish in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake and strain into a crushed ice filled rocks glass and garnish as desired.

 

And it just so happens that the theme of Mixology Monday for this month is pineapple (which I found out after creating this recipe) so I’ll be joining in this this drink. Thanks BartendingNotes for hosting!

mxmologo

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Cheers!

 Note: I was sent Davidson’s tea to use for creating this cocktail. All opinions, pictures and the recipe are my own. Also, the link for the ice crusher is an affiliate link. By purchasing from that link it helps cover the cost of running this site. Thank you!

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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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