In this craft cocktail era, imbibers are being reintroduced to various ingredients—from Chartreuse to flavored bitters—and everything that's old is new again. But sometimes it just takes the addition of a familiar ingredient to establish a trend, like tea. Lately various establishments are using tea to put a new twist on their cocktail menus.
But there is a logical explanation for the aromatic addition, according to bar manager Kevin Burke of Ste. Ellie and Colt & Gray. "Tea was used in classic punches to create length and dilution. They also impart tannin and structure, complementing aged spirits and citrus components." To try out the trend for yourself, here are 10 examples of tea cocktails in Denver and Boulder.
— By Ashley Hughes
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