Spirit Tea Cocktails

 

Making beautiful, handcrafted products is never easy, but the end results are always worth the time and effort. Here at KOVAL, we love partnering with other makers and innovators who share our commitment to excellence. That’s why when we set out to create a collection of tea cocktails, our first call was to our friends at Spirit Tea, a Chicago company dedicated to sourcing an uncommon selection of handmade teas. They’ve brought together a group of industry veterans with decades of combined experience in tea, coffee, hospitality in herbalism, working together under the belief that “a great cup is the result of passion and strong relationships.” We couldn’t agree more.

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Snowed in? Now is the time for a beloved warm cocktail: The Hot Toddy! While chances are the whiskey-and-lemon laden drink can’t cure the common cold, it can at least warm you up. Below, you’ll find a few hot toddy cocktails designed to relieve your winter sorrows, as well as an exploration of what hot toddies are and their lineage in the history of cocktails.

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As we sit back, resting from the months of holiday preparations and celebrations, we are faced with a choice: Shall we toast to the end of 2017 and the beginning of a New Year with the traditional sparkling wine or with a fine cocktail? At KOVAL, we always have a third, roguish option: Both!  

There’s something delightful about that time-honored cocktail, the French 75, bubbling over with both Champagne and Dry Gin. That’s why every time the New Year comes around, we reach for our favorite variations on the drink. But where did this “Tom Collins in a Tuxedo” come from? And why do we drink Champagne—with or without gin—on New Year’s anyway? 

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National Whiskey Sour Day

At KOVAL, we’re big fans of cocktail lore. A rich history dresses up any cocktail and a whiskey sour is no different. It’s a simple cocktail but not all strokes of genius require complexity. Legend says that the whiskey sour has its roots in piracy. Some say an alcoholic fix for scurvy. Eventually the concept hopped from ship to shore and in 1862, a half a century later, author Jerry Thomas documented the recipe in The Bartender’s Guide.

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The Smoky Martini.

A classic, dry martini that’s making a comeback. This simple, two-ingredient drink is as sophisticated as it sounds. Botanical notes from our gin fuse well with Ardberg’s deep-bodied scotch. With no other ingredients necessary, an orange peel for garnish ties it all together.

Watch to spend the evening at the Tokyo Whisky Library with a KOVAL Smoky Martini. Be adventurous, be refined.

 

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The Prince Park Tower's Yukiko Watanabe mixes up a KOVAL Dry Gin cocktail inspired by the transition from summer to fall in Japan. The beautifully knotted lime peel is a symbol for the bridge connecting American-made spirits and Japanese ingredients.   

 

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