I read an interesting article recently that highlighted the lack of good “mocktails” out in the current scene. Sounded like a challenge to me! As a bartending enthusiast (who now only demonstrates her mastery at parties), I thought I could play with our tea and experiment my way to success. Turns out I was right!
Meet the new mixologist’s best friend: Tea-infused Simple Syrup. Make a few versions of this, and honestly – the only limit is your imagination!
Tea-Infused Simple Syrup
Matt and I made several syrups, using Rum Runner’s Red, Fujian Oolong, Ti Kuan Yin and Manjushree Assam tea! In the course of super-serious scientific experimentation (ahem), we quickly discovered that simple syrup can be used to make any number of distracting things, like candy and snow cones, but let’s keep on target – on with the mocktails (or more)!
Fruity Oolong Fizz
The style of peanut brittle I made is actually called Nkati Cake, a traditional sweet from Ghana. I first learned about it when I decided to try Better Brittle in Syracuse, NY (where I grew up), a local company that makes the brittle in small batches. I adore peanut brittle in most forms, but I have to say that nkati cake is my favorite – the peanuts are crushed finely and distributed throughout the candy, thus giving the product a uniform, easily chewed consistency. It is rolled to an even thickness and then scored into squares, which later snap apart into neat little portions when cool.
I have made this brittle with peanuts, coconut (also called Kube Cake), sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds! It’s an extremely easy candy to make, and very fast. I enjoy it for its simplicity and infinitely variability; in fact, I decided to play with it again here – using Oolong Simple Syrup.
Oolong Peanut Brittle
[Inspired by recipe at Tutu’s Kitchen]
It’s easiest to taste when the candy is completely cool, but beyond the strong flavors of toasted peanuts and the commanding taste of dark, caramel sugars, there is a floral note from the oolong that adds something subtle and unique to this particular brittle. Enjoy!