This drink offers all of the well-loved elements of an Old Fashioned plus the depth and earthiness of a Pu-erh tea infused bourbon.
There's no need to choose your best bourbon here, but it needs to be one that you can enjoy neat. I love Four Roses Yellow Label for this sort of drink.
- For the Pu-erh Infused Bourbon:
- 1 cup (8 ounces) bourbon
- 2 tablespoons loose leaf Pu-erh tea
- For the Pu-erh Old Fashioned:
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 3 dashes Angostura bitters
- A few drops water
- 2 ounces Pu-erh infused Bourbon
- Garnish: Lemon twist (optional)
For the Pu-erh Infused Bourbon: Combine tea and bourbon in a jar and cover the jar. Let steep at room temperature for 2 hours. Strain tea leaves and discard. Store infused bourbon in a sealed jar.
For the Pu-erh Old Fashioned: Put sugar in an old fashioned glass then add bitters. Add just enough water to saturate sugar and muddle mixture until sugar is dissolved. If you don't have a muddler, use the end of a wooden spoon handle. Add bourbon and top with ice. Stir 10 seconds to chill and combine; garnish with lemon twist if desired.