In spite of the fact that this small robust indigenous plant of Quebec (gaulthérie couchée) is not related to tea, its English name, Wintergreen, appropriately evokes the refreshing effect that it can bring to different types of inflammations (fevers, joint pains).
'Forest Tonic' Cocktail
Jean-François Desaulniers presents us with this festive cocktail that is fresh, bright and alive. Sommelier Jean-François worked behind the tea bar in our Latin Quarter teahouse and specializes in a style of cocktails with less sweetness and more complexity. He won the Canadian Tea Master’s Cup in Mixology in 2019.
- 2 oz of wintergreen chilled (we recommend an 8hr cold infusion of 2.5g per 250ml water. If you don’t have time a hot infusion cooled on ice works).
- 1 oz Thuya Gin (or another ‘foresty’ gin )
- ½ oz lime juice.
- Tonic Water
Mix all the ingredients except the tonic water. Serve on ice in an ‘Old-Fashioned’ glass 10oz ‘Highball’ glass. Add a little tonic water and stir gently. Garnish with zest of lime or lemon.
*for an alcohol-free version simply leave out the gin or, even better, replace it with an alcohol-free gin like Norois Esprit-de-London.
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