comfort food · Mocktail · Summer Pairing

Simple Shortbread with a Minty Green Tea Mocktail

Quick update everyone. I’ve decided to do a series on mocktails for a little while. Let’s see how creative I get with some of these. I’ll also try to recommend which alcoholic beverage to add to each one.

The Drink:

I really like a nice cup of tea (hot or cold) and with the weather going completely nuts over the last couple of days I wanted to try a new spin on my tea drinking habits. If you want to make this a full on cocktail, I’d add gin to this drink.

What you’ll need: DSCN1359

  • Decaf green tea
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Honey to taste
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • A lemon wedge (optional)

Boil water and steep the green tea and mint leaves for roughly four minutes. Juice the half of the lemon. If you want to have this drink cold, place some ice in a glass then add in the honey and lemon juice. If you want this drink hot, place the honey and lemon juice at the bottom of a mug. Strain the tea and pour into your glass.

Gently stir with a spoon and enjoy!

Level of Recommendation: Good drink for when you have a cold.

The Food: 

What you’ll need: 

  • 1 to 1 and 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Allow the butter to sit out on the counter to soften. Preheat the oven to 375°F and lightly grease a cookie sheet. Once the butter has soften, place it in a bowl with the other four ingredients. Mix until everything starts to stick together and a small ball is formed. Add extra butter if the mixture doesn’t stick together.

Shape the cookies and place them on the cookie sheet. Allow to bake for 20-25 minutes or until the bottoms of the cookies start to brown. Once done baking, transfer to a cooling rack and allow cookies to cool for about 30 minutes or until they have hardened.

The Pairing: 

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If I could open a tea shop one day, I’d love to have this pairing. The tea is refreshing, though a little bitter (the honey might sink to the bottom of the cup). There’s also a nice mint and citrus aftertaste with the tea. The cookies have a nice buttery flavor with just a hint of sweetness.

Level of Recommendation: Good for an afternoon tea time or a late night snack.

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