Admittedly, the name "Blueberry Tea" is deceiving. That's because there are no blueberries nor blueberry-flavored ingredients included. Instead, the taste of this warm mixed drink is surprisingly reminiscent of the sweet berries.
The recipe is actually quite simple and it's little more than spiked tea served in a fancy glass. And yet, that does not discount the wonder of this hot cocktail. The steaming combination of Grand Marnier, amaretto, and black tea is fascinating and an absolute delight to the senses.
By using a brandy snifter rather than a tea cup or coffee mug, the fragrance is trapped inside. The glass is further accented with an orange wheel that floats atop the tea. In essence, it's a drink that gives as much to your nose as it does to your mouth.
- Pour the Grand Marnier and amaretto into a preheated brandy snifter.
- Fill the snifter two-thirds of the way to the top with warm orange pekoe tea.
- Stir the drink.
- Garnish with an orange wheel.
Tip: To heat the snifter, fill the glass with warm water while brewing your tea. Dump it out right before making the drink.
More Tips for Making a Great Blueberry Tea
The Liquors. In order to get that amazing blueberry-like flavor, you really cannot play around with the ingredients much.
There is a variety of amaretto brands available, though it would be best to stick with a high-end label like Luxardo or Disaronno.
In contrast, there are not many great substitutes for Grand Marnier. While there are many orange liqueurs available, few have the Cognac base that this drink requires. Don't try triple sec, Cointreau, or anything like that because they simply will not work.
GranGala is the one brand that can be recommended as a Grand Marnier substitute. This one is from Italy and has a brandy rather than French Cognac base. It's quite nice and you will find that it saves a little money, too.
The Orange Pekoe Tea. Here's a little drink geek trivia for you: orange pekoe tea is not orange-flavored. Rather, this is the name for a specific grade of orthodox black tea.
Why is this important? For the simple fact that we don't want you to confuse it with teas that have orange flavorings. You will not get the "blueberry" flavor we're going for in the Blueberry Tea with an orange-based tea.
How Strong Is The Blueberry Tea?
It may surprise you that Grand Marnier is an 80-proof liqueur, making it as strong as most vodkas, whiskies, and rums. That means that this warm tea may not be as light as you think.
When paired with a 42-proof amaretto and topped with 3 ounces of tea, this Blueberry Tea weighs in around 10 percent ABV (20 proof). It is still very gentle and on the lower end of mixed drinks that include hard liquor.