Whether it’s for Mother’s Day, Easter, or wedding shower, Earl Grey Punch is a lovely sipper! But don’t be fooled by the name, this punch packs a punch with its white rum and apricot brandy. Only slightly subdued by a generous dose of citrus juice from limes, oranges and lemons, it’s not for your grandma’s punch bowl with the glasses hanging off the side. It’s fresh and bright with a small undertone of earthiness from the tea, making it the perfect afternoon cocktail.
In a small bowl combine white rum and loose earl grey tea. Allow mixture to sit for 1-2 hours.
Strain rum and add to a small pitcher. Add remaining ingredients except for ice and mint, stir to combine.
Pour over ice and garnish with fresh mint leaves if desired.
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Cheers to a new year with Apricot Brandy Sparkler!
Apricot Brandy Sparkler is my way of saying goodbye to 2018 and cheers to the new year ahead. Can you believe another year is already over? Where has the time gone? It is the sentiment I have often felt, but with the approaching new year, I have a sense of accomplishment and a strong purpose moving forward. While 2018 was still a year of routine, plucking forward just trying to keep up with work, household and blogging, it was also a year that a few things got done.
One of my greatest joys this year was the construction of our new deck/outdoor space, and for many, it would not be a big deal. For me however, it was a project that was put off for a variety of reasons for many, many years. It was also designed and built by my husband, who did an amazing job. It ’s a beautiful space, complete with furniture and gas fireplace. I love it and couldn’t be happier to share it with family and friends or simply sit quietly spending quality time with my husband.
The Year Ahead…
The past year was also a year of learning and working hard to create our first video for Mark Bouliane/Overland Explorer, which follows my husband and me on our over-landing adventures. Creating and editing video is definitely a skill and has its own set of challenges. We are both excited to improve this skill and have fun being creative. We hope it’s the first of many videos for both of us, which leads me to another goal for 2019. Video production for Compelled to Cook is set for my 2019 to do list, as is monetizing my food blogging efforts. Both are substantial goals for myself but definitely in the realm of possibility. The learning, progress and firsts are what excites me for 2019. So, even though 2018 must go, the new year looks amazing and I’m ready to get started. How about you?
Author: Compelled to Cook, from “Cooks Workshop” Cocktails & Party Drinks 1984
Combine vodka, apricot brandy, lemon juice, and Grenadine in a cocktail shaker. Fill half full with ice. Shake until cold, about 30 seconds. Pour into a champagne glass and top with champagne. Serve immediately.