Teatending Masters of China

1.5oz Tanqueray Ten Gin
.75oz lime juice
.5oz lavender earl grey tea syrup
.75oz egg white

Garnish orange peel | Coupe Glass Sprayed with Bittered Sling grapefruit & hops bitters

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Tanqueray Ten Gin is a new western style gin with less juniper berries than others to allow more of a spotlight to other botanicals such as the fresh citrus consisting of lime, grapefruit and orange. In my cocktail you find that lime, grapefruit and orange played a big role in its creation.
Tea was introduced from China to Europe in the 17th century, but, as a luxury item, was not transported in significant quantities until the 19th century. When the British crown broke the trade monopoly of the powerful British East India Company back in 1834, it opened up the tea trade to other English merchants and independent entrepreneurs, starting a frenzied race to China to buy up as much tea as possible for as little as possible, and sell it at premium prices.
The Chinese tea masters constantly experimented with ways to make their teas more exotic for trading with the worldwide merchants. Much like bartenders of today, used all kinds of infusions in their teas during processing to create distinctive and highly drinkable beverage

Governor Vasco

2oz Avua Cachaca
.5oz Pineapple juice
.5oz lemon juice
.75oz brunt pineapple coconut syrup
Bittered Sling Moondog bitters

Garnish crushed pink peppercorn | pineapple leaf

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Portugal and India had a long history together dating back 5 centuries. The Portuguese were the first to discover India around the 1500. Vasco da Gama was the first European to reach India by sea landing in Calicut which is now called Kozhikode. His initial voyage to India (1497–1499) was the first to link Europe and Asia by an ocean route, connecting the Atlantic and the Indian oceans and, in this way, the west and the east. He later had a city in the state of Goa named after him and held the title of governor of Portuguese India.

Da Gama’s sea route to India allowed Portugal to establish a rich trade with India and southeast Asia. Portugal was also able to expand its empire to include provinces from India (centered around the state of Goa, whose largest city is Vasco da Gama) to China (the island of Macau).

Portugal’s Pedro Alvares Cabral is officially recognized as the first European to “discover” Brazil in 1500. Cabral was sent to India by the King of Portugal after the return of Vasco da Gama from his pioneering journey to India. Cabral is reported to have been blown off course on his way to India. Brazil became an important Portuguese colony and stop-over in the long journey to Goa. This Portuguese connection led to the exchange of several agricultural crops between India and Brazil in the colonial days such as sugarcane and chili. Also, Indian cattle was imported to Brazil and actually most of the cattle in Brazil is of Indian origin.

Cutty Sark

1oz Legend Distilling Doctor’s Orders Gin
.25oz Manitou Liqueur
.25oz foraged spruce + labrador tea infusion
.75oz blackcurrant honey syrup
.75oz lemon juice
.75oz egg white

garnish with lavender and marigold petals

When we were on a barge right on the Okanagan lake with yachts and boats passing by, I thought it was fitting to name this drink after one of the famous tea clippers of the past.

Tea clippers were designed to be fast, so they could transport goods like spices, teas and other items like silk from Asia much quicker. The Cutty Sark was one of the last every built and one of the fastest as well. This ship was named after the nickname of the witch Nannie Dee in Robert Burns 1791 poem, Tam O’Shanter.

Q-ah-wa (coffee in Arabic)

.75oz Okanagan Spirits Vodka peppercorn infused
.75oz Okanagan Spirits Aquavit

.5oz Maverick Estate Port
1oz fresh espresso
Bittered Sling Arabica bitters
.5oz Roasted spiced pumpkin brown syrup

Garnished with dehydrated pumpkin skin powder | coffee beans

served in a tea cup and saucer

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Inspired by a Viking army who left the raids in France and entered the Muslim realm Emirates of Córdoba which is now Portugal and Spain. They were sadly defeated and fled back to sea. Aquavit is Scandinavian and Port wine is originally from Portugal and espresso is African from which the Muslim rulers conquered on route to Córdoba

Trading Company Punch

2oz Okanagan Spirits Gin
.5oz Lemon juice
.5oz Apple juice
.5oz Chai syrup
Bittered Sling Kensington bitters

Coupe glass with Absinthe rinse | Garnish with fresh grated nutmeg and apple fan

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At first the British were little interested in India, but much like the Portuguese and Dutch before them, were all interested in spices of Spice Islands (Maluku Islands). Unable to dislodge the Dutch from Spice Islands in 1610, the British chased away a Portuguese naval squadron, and the East India Company created its own outpost at Surat (now in the state of Gujarat), and this became the company’s first headquarters town. This small outpost marked the beginning of a remarkable presence that would last over 300 years and eventually dominate the entire subcontinent.

Originally chartered as the “Governor and Company of Merchants of London trading into the East Indies”, the company rose to account for half of the world’s trade, particularly in basic commodities including cotton, silk, indigo dye, salt, saltpetre, tea and opium. The company also ruled the beginnings of the British Empire in India.