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an art of tea boozy brunch

Tea with whiskey? Yes please. A few weeks back, I attended an art of tea boozy brunch hosted by Art of Tea, a hand-blended tea company based in Los Angeles. We walked in, were handed whiskey-tea infused cocktails, and I was sold. The cocktail- made with whiskey, chamomile tea, lemon and honey was the perfect morning buzzy drink. The brunch was at Elysian, which is honestly one of the most darling oasis gathering spots in the city. It’s lush and colorful and has the perfect little outdoor courtyard that made for a fantastic brunching spot.

Steve Schwartz, the founder of Art of Tea, hosted our morning, and graciously taught us the art of making tea. He walked us through the different varieties, where they come from, tasting notes, and their health benefits. Then, we got our hands dirty and made our own signature blends! Using the bases of black tea, red tea, white tea, and chamomile tea, we added in various flavors of orange peel, apple bits, cloves, cinnamon and much more. It was incredible to make a blend that fits exactly what my palate craves.

Art of Tea was founded by Steve back in 2004, while he was studying preventative medicine in New Mexico. Since then, Steve has traveled extensively, gathering rare and unique teas from all over the world. His knowledge of of ingredients and their impact on the body is amazing and incredibly informative. He’s considered a master blender and has such insight into the world of tea.

The best tea blend that I made at brunch was a combination of black tea, cloves, cinnamon, orange peel and hibiscus. It is the perfect wake-me up tea for any morning. And- I brewed a cup, cooled it, and added it to a delicious whiskey cocktail the following evening. Who knew? Maybe whiskey-tea cocktails will become my new signature!

Here is a cocktail to try, which is my spin on the delicious bourbon chamomile drink that was served that morning.

1.5 oz bourbon
1.5 oz chamomile tea, brewed and cooled
1 tsp honey
1 large sprig fresh rosemary

In a cocktail shaker with ice, shake your bourbon, tea, and honey. Serve in a tall glass with ice, garnished with your fresh rosemary.

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