Simple syrup is one of the ingredients that makes up a vital part of any cocktailian’s bags of tricks. It is a great way to add flavour and taste to cocktails, and is super easy to make at home.
With Rooibos Tea Day coming up on the 16th of January, I was wondering how to incorporate this uniquely South African product into a delicious summer sipper.
Rooibos Tea probably needs no introduction. Love it, or hate it, the health benefits are well-known and appreciated across the globe. It contains loads of antioxidants, is caffeine free, low in tannins and is calorie free as well. (ref: Rooibos Limited)
So, back to the cocktail inspiration! I decided to keep it uncomplicated, to let the true essence and flavour of Rooibos come through. Inspiration hit! How about jazzing up a cocktail classic like a martini up with a dash of rooibos? And so my rooibos martini was born!
I had the ideal opportunity to showcase it at on Sipping Slowly, the passion project of Jeannette Wentzel (https://whiskyoftheweek.co.uk/), where we chat on a regular basis about our drink recommendation for the week. We try to make it as un-intimidating as possible, not some over-produced show with fancy jargon and pretentiousness, just two gals chatting about what’s on their ‘to sip’ list for the week! Subscribe and follow us (shameless punt – because I can):
On to the simple syrup – this is probably one of the easiest things you’ve ever done!
In a medium sized saucepan combine:
250ml strong rooibos tea (I used 3 teabags)
and 250ml white sugar
Simmer on low heat until reduced and thickened, it took about 45 minutes.
And that is it! How easy! Simple syrup can last for quite a long time when keeping in the fridge, so you will be able to make a good batch of cocktails of this one!
The Rooibos Martini
In a cocktail shaker combine:
A few blocks of ice
1 part rooibos simple syrup
3 parts vodka
1 part dry vermouth
Shake it for a bit (of course the whole ‘shaken, not stirred’ thing will pop into your head!).
Strain and pour over a few blocks of ice! I actually wanted to add a twist of lemon, and forgot about it, so try it if you want to and let me know!