This edition of Thirsty Thursday features two drinks; a refreshing tropical ginger pineapple tea and a killer/resuscitation cocktail called the “Corpse Reviver #2” from my fellow blogger Vibi, a very talented food and drink photographer whose blog, lacasserolecarree is always an inspiration to me.
The fun thing about beverages that are tea-based is that you have so much latitude in the type of drink you end up with. All kinds of citrus juices work well with tea as well as berry flavored juices. Mints and other fresh herbs are excellent when steeped in a sugar syrup. Rhizomes, such as the ginger root and cardamom add additional flavors as well as depth to a tropical tea.
Ginger Pineapple Iced Tea
2 cups fresh pineapple juice
6 cups water
4-6 slices peeled fresh ginger, about 1/8 inch thick
1 cinnamon stick
3 whole cloves
1/2-3/4 cup sugar
6 tea bags, orange pekoe is a good choice
In a medium-sized non-reactive pot, combine all ingredients except the tea bags. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and add the tea bags. Steep for 10 minutes; pour through a strainer. Discard the spices and tea bags. Let the tea cool at room temperature. Chill thoroughly.
To serve, pour tea over tall glasses half-filled with crushed ice. Garnish with lime quarters and crystallized ginger
Vibi’s Corpse Reviver #2 uses Lillet, a French aperitif from Bordeaux, Cointreau, an orange liqueur, gin and Absinthe, a highly alcoholic spirit once banned in many countries, but now is distilled commercially. Freshly squeezed lemon juice and a garnish of a fresh or maraschino add a finishing touch to this potent cocktail. For the complete recipe and some tips on CPR that you may need after consuming this drink (just kidding!!), see Vibi’s post on the Corpse Reviver #2 cocktail at lacasserolecarree. Thanks to Vibi for allowing me to feature her cocktail and lovely photos.