I\'m big on tea. My favorite is black tea. I drink 2 or more cups every day. Sometimes I\'ll go for the naturally flavored black teas like jasmine, bergamot (Earl Grey) or rose. I like to have a Nalewka with my evening tea. Hmmm… what if I made a tea flavored Nalewka? Sounds easy enough and opens up a whole kettle of possibilities.
This is one of the easiest Nalewkas (vodka infusions) to make. You will first need:
Put the tea in a bowl and add the boiling water. Let the tea infuse for about 10 minutes and transfer into a large enough jar. Pour in the vodka, close tightly and leave in a sunny place for 2 weeks stirring occasionally.
|Baczewski vodka, rose tea and boiling water.||Brew the tea for at least 10 minutes.||Leave in a sunny place for about 2 weeks.|
After the 2 weeks strain out the leaves and filter. You now have a very smokey, flavorful but bitter Nalewka. It\'s very drinkable, even sip-able but I thought a little more sweetness would make it more suitable for late evening enjoyment. So I put the filtered Nalewka back into the jar and started stage 2.
Take ¼ cup of honey and 1 tablespoon of the rose tea. Put this in a small pot and boil, stirring, for about 1 to 3 minutes. Being lazy I tried microwaving the honey but that didn\'t work out to well - the honey tended to boil over and it didn\'t dissolve in the vodka as well as the bioled honey. Pour the hot honey and tea into the jar with the Nalewka and stir. You need the honey to be hot for it to dissolve completely in the Nalewka. Close tightly and set in a sunny location for another 2 weeks, shaking from time to time.
|After 2 weeks strain and filter.||Quarter cup of honey and some more tea.||I tried microwaving the honey but that didn\'t work too well.|
After 2 weeks strain, filter and enjoy. As with all home made Nalewkas, liqueurs and vodka infusions this one will also improve with time. Next time I think I will make a bigger batch so that I can put some away for a few years.
Just after a month this Nalewka is wonderfully complex, smokey, with a hint of honey sweetness, a nice bitter finish and lasting black tea flavors. You can\'t really taste the roses but there is a strong floral undertone. It also makes for a killer and kick ass Manhattan: 2 shots of your favorite rye, 1 shot of Black Tea & Roses Nalewka, one cherry - chilled and poured into a martini glass. That\'ll set you up right for the night.