#ThirstyThursday: Tea for Two

Today’s #ThirstyThursday comes straight from the Arielle Shoshana launch party last Saturday! The Tea for Two cocktail was born out of my deeply embarrassing need to be the Kanye of my own life. Definition: I want to handle every aspect of a task myself, regardless of whether or not I am in any way qualified to do so. (Is this turning into a Kanye blog? Spoiler alert: Absolutely.)

A quick Google search for “chai cocktail” turned up Saveur’s Bourbon Chai Toddy, a perfect representation of the sweetly spiced L’Artisan Parfumeur Tea for Two. However, Kanye Weinberg had decided that instead of using a bartender for the launch party, I was going to make the drinks myself. That made the spectacular Bourbon Chai Toddy, which calls for made-from-scratch hot chai, spectacularly impractical for a sixty person party. So I ended up taking just a few shortcuts…

Tea for Two

1/2 cup Oregon Chai The Original Chai Concentrate

1/2 cup whole milk (you can also use almond or soy milk)

1 oz bourbon (I used Maker’s Mark)

Combine Oregon Chai and milk. Add bourbon. Stir. Garnish with star anise, or maybe a cinnamon stick?

#ThirstyThursday: Fils de Dieu

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Welcome to Thirsty Thursday! What with perfume’s high alcohol content, perfume and cocktails are clearly a natural combination. So every week, I turn one of Arielle Shoshana’s fragrances into a (delicious! hopefully!) cocktail. Please note that my only qualification for these creations is a deep dedication to perfume and gin. Cheers!

Fils de Dieu is when I started paying close attention to Etat Libre d’Orange. With notes like toasted rice, coconut, and lime, this Thai kitchen of a fragrance made me realize that behind those cheeky names were equally bold ideas. Please allow me to introduce the Fils de Dieu, a rice wine-based cocktail inspired by the South Asian flavors of its namesake fragrance. Dare I say it’s… godly?? (This is a much better joke if you speak enough French to know that “Fils de Dieu” means “Son of God”.)

Fils de Dieu

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Rice wine (Sake, shochu, or sato would all work- I used sake)

Coconut Milk or Coconut Water (not both!)

Half a Lime

Combine one part rice wine with either two parts coconut milk or three parts coconut water (the coconut water has less flavor to cut the rice wine’s sourness). I experimented with coconut water, since all the kids are drinking it these days; the coconut milk version was significantly tastier, but you do you, boo. Add the juice of half a lime. Garnish with a slice of lime or a shiso leaf. (I went through two limes trying to cut a photogenic slice. Food bloggers are truly our nation’s heroes. Dammit, Jim, I’m a perfume blogger, not a food photographer!)