Pique Tea Cocktail: Tipsy Tea

I had so much fun this past weekend coming up with a delicious cocktail recipe that would highlight Pique Tea’s jasmine tea crystals; read on for step-by-step instructions (and free tea samples!) below.

Pique Tea is a San Francisco-based tea company that specializes in tea crystals, aka whole leaf tea that is then brewed and crystallized. You get the same natural antioxidants of loose leaf tea without any of the hassle, plus it’s free of artificial colors, preservatives, sugar and calories!

I enlisted my boyfriend for assistance since he has a bit more mixology experience than I do. He thought that gin and lemon juice would complement the smooth and fragrant flavors of fresh summer jasmine blooms very well, and it turns out he was right! We’re calling this creation the Tipsy Tea :-)

TIPSY TEA (serves 2)

  • 3-4 shots of gin
  • 8 oz of water
  • 1 satchet of Pique’s jasmine tea crystals
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 3-4 lemons' worth)
  • 1 Thai chili 
  • 1 teaspoon of honey (simple syrup works, too)
  • 1 oz soda water (optional)

First, dissolve Pique’s jasmine tea crystals in a cup of cold water, then add a spoonful of honey and stir. (We opted for honey instead of simple syrup since it pairs better with tea, but either one works.)

Next, pour in 3-4 shots of gin. Obviously, feel free to adjust based on your own palate/alcohol tolerance — I like my drinks strong — but this amount seems to achieve the best balance of flavors. (Plus, don’t forget this recipe serves two people, so really that’s only about 2 shots each).

Once that's done, squeeze in 3-4 lemons' worth of juice, combine with the ice and shake thoroughly, then strain into the cup (please note the straining is only necessary if there are lemon seeds, which happened to be the case for me).

Finally, top with a splash of soda water and garnish with a Thai chili, lavender and/or rosemary (this last step is optional – though the chili does infuse some nice heat)!

Keep in mind there are other varieties of tea to play around with – you can check out Pique's entire tea collection here (including some of my faves like earl grey tea, black tea and green tea), which are now available in Whole Foods stores across northern California!

I've also got free samples to share with my lovely followers; just enter your name, email and mailing address at the link here. Enjoy, everyone! xx

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TINY MASSAGE CART

TINY MASSAGE CART

RADIO ROOM

RADIO ROOM

PINE STATE BISCUITS

PINE STATE BISCUITS

BOLLYWOOD THEATER

BOLLYWOOD THEATER

GRAIN & GRISTLE

GRAIN & GRISTLE

VANESSA MOONEY choker / LACEY RYAN double snake choker necklace / GORJANA letter necklace (similar here)

VANESSA MOONEY choker / LACEY RYAN double snake choker necklace / GORJANA letter necklace (similar here)

COS STORES shirt dress / CONVERSE sneakers / CELINE tote

COS STORES shirt dress / CONVERSE sneakers / CELINE tote

COS STORES shirt dress / CONVERSE sneakers / CELINE tote

COS STORES shirt dress / CONVERSE sneakers / CELINE tote

SALT & STRAW

SALT & STRAW

DONNIE VEGAS

DONNIE VEGAS

WM GOODS

WM GOODS

WM GOODS

WM GOODS

WM GOODS

WM GOODS

WM GOODS

WM GOODS

WM GOODS

WM GOODS

WM GOODS

WM GOODS

WM GOODS

WM GOODS

TASTY N ALDER

TASTY N ALDER

TASTY N ALDER

TASTY N ALDER

TASTY N ALDER

TASTY N ALDER

ACE HOTEL

ACE HOTEL

ALDER STREET

ALDER STREET

SOCIETY HOTEL

SOCIETY HOTEL

MCMENAMINS KENNEDY SCHOOL

MCMENAMINS KENNEDY SCHOOL

ARITZIA dress / ZARA denim jacket / SOLUDOS sandals / BRIXTON hat

ARITZIA dress / ZARA denim jacket / SOLUDOS sandals / BRIXTON hat

Portland is a fascinating place, especially to a San Franciscan. It represents much of what we used to be (alternative, weird and reveling in our subcultures, before the influx of tech bros and startup money) but with the same high standards for food and cocktails that we have only recently grown to expect.

Perhaps that’s why it was so easy to immediately feel at home there. The restaurants, bars and coffee shops all reminded me of SF, only often with lower prices. The neighborhoods were very walkable, and the people were all so friendly. I would go back in a heartbeat.

Should any of you be in Portland anytime soon, here's a list of my favorite places I visited:

Pine State Biscuits – I was pleasantly surprised to see so much Southern food in Portland. When I heard Pine State Biscuits had a fried chicken, bacon and cheese biscuit sandwich topped with gravy (and for $8, no less – which would be unheard of in SF, by the way), I was sold – and I was not disappointed.

Society Hotel – I debated long and hard whether to stay here or the Ace, but I’m so glad I settled on Society Hotel. This is a newer boutique hotel with a stunning café (complete with a fireplace and industrial furniture) and rooftop (BYOB). The rooms are simple and minimalist, with industrial-style décor and memory foam mattresses.

Expatriate – Asian-inspired food and drinks done right by husband-and-wife team Kyle Linden Webster and Naomi Pomery (who, by the way, has a James Beard award under her belt). The shrimp toast was unbelievable, but supposedly the real draw are the wonton nachos, available only after 10pm.

Grain & Gristle – Unfortunately, I didn’t get to try their food, save their glorified “slim jims,” but the wine and beer selection were fantastic. Also, the outdoor patio was lovely on a hot summer day.

Salt & Straw – This is Portland’s Bi-Rite, notorious for its long lines but beloved for its delicious ice cream. I heard horror stories about wait times but I strolled right in at 11am on a Monday. I was thoroughly impressed with the Stumptown cold-brew coffee ice cream, as well as their waffle cones which are made in-house.

Little Bird Bistro – This was our first stop upon arriving on Sunday night, and it turned out to be one of our favorite meals of the trip. Since it was just the boy and me, we shared a charcuterie board and roasted bone marrow bones (safely the best we’ve ever had). Our only regret is that we didn't come with a larger party so that we could sample more dishes.

Tasty n Alder – Another phenomenal meal, though keep in mind we had to wait in line for 30 minutes on a Tuesday afternoon, so I can’t even imagine what it’s like over the weekend. The raddichio salad with bacon lardons, manchego and a six minute egg was insanely good, along with the smoked trout and accoutrements (no words for how tasty this was – just look at the picture). The bim bop bacon & eggs were also great, though I’d recommend skipping the Korean fried chicken (not worth the hype).

Ace Hotel – If you’re not staying here, then at least come by to snap that iconic lobby photo, and grab a coffee at Stumptown / a cocktail at their bar/restaurant Clyde Common (FYI they have awesome food and drink deals at their daily happy hour from 3-6pm).

WM Goods – Also known as well.made.goods, this boutique is bright and airy, with beautiful things galore (shoes, plants, candles, books, watches, you name it).

McMenamins Kennedy School – This was perhaps one of the coolest concepts for a venue ever: a school-turned-hotel, with a soaking pool, movie theater, restaurant and brewery (though my favorite was the cocktail bar in detention hall). 

A couple places I didn’t get to try but that I heard awesome things about include Bollywood Theater, Pok Pok, Departure, Le Pigeon, Beast and Multnomah Whiskey Library. All the more reason to return to Portland soon! xx