Rosemary gives this drink a “slight, minty taste,” while Irish Whiskey gives it a kick that can defeat the strongest channeler. Always drink responsibly, but, if you do plan to overindulge, make sure your Warder is there to drive your carriage. The recipe below is per drink.
- A double shot of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey over ice is equal to about 2-3 ounces.
- 2-3 ounces of Irish Whiskey
Chip prefers Jameson’s, but any good brand will do.
- Strong, black tea
Chip likes to use an easy-to-acquire Irish Breakfast Tea. English Breakfast Tea is an equally good choice.
- 1-2 Tablespoons of honey
White Clover or Blackberry honey is Chip’s favorite. It is usually slightly lighter in color and a bit sweeter than other varieties.
- 1 1/4 cup water
If using dried Rosemary, you’ll need a 1/2 teaspoon per drink. If you are using fresh Rosemary (always desirable) a couple of small (2-3″) springs will do.
First, prepare the tea. Use a strong, black tea. Steep one packet for at least three full minutes in about 8 ounces (1 cup) of hot water. It should be as dark as a strong cup of coffee.
Next, take a Pyrex cup (or something else you can microwave, NOT plastic hotel cups) and put 1/4 cup of water in it. Measure out 1/2 teaspoon of dried rosemary (or just a couple of small sprigs if fresh), put it in the cup, and microwave that for about 2 minutes. Alternatively, pour a little hot water over the rosemary and let that steep in the water for 2 minutes.
Now, you need to determine the imbiber’s sweet tooth. How sweet do they like their drinks? Measure 1 tablespoon of honey into the Pyrex cup for less sweetness or two tablespoons for a sweeter mix. Then mix the rosemary effusion and honey mixture together. This should all be finished at about the same time as the tea. Then, mix the tea and the rosemary-honey mixture together.
Lastly, put 2 or 3 ounces of Irish Whiskey in a 12 ounce glass. Fill with ice. Then fill the rest of the glass with your rosemary/tea/honey mixture and serve. If you’re prepping for an event, you can prepare the tea and rosemary beforehand. Chip has made a half gallon of it at a time and it worked well. Just scale the recipe according to the number of desired servings.
- Many hotels now have both tea and hot water in the room, but it’s always wise to bring your own tea, just in case.