I was hosting a late afternoon get-together for some of my sorority sisters and Sydney. With Sydney transferring to D.C. I wanted her to hear how pledging a sorority can give you a family; helping her acclimate to a new and exciting environment. Colorado’s temperature was about 30 degrees F, so a warm cocktail sounded perfect, but the drink needed to be light and refreshing as well as warm. I kept thinking of tea and I had brought the most wonderful vanilla tea leaves back with me from France (the tea is available in the US), lemon is a great marriage with tea so addition of Limencello was a must. I was reminded we also had a aromatic vanilla cognac in our bar; the drink was set. We now needed to prepare a test run and try it out; what we must endure for entertaining. Both Sydney and I were completely delighted by the flavor; which would be spectacular over ice too.
- 510 grams/ 8-cups (6-ounce per cup) water
- 3 Tablespoons Vanille tea (Vanilla tea)
- 7 grams/ 4 ounces limecello
- 7 grams/ 4-ounces Vanilla Cognac
- 2 lemons, juiced
Prepare your mise en place.
Steep the vanilla tea in either a french press or an 8-cup glass jug with 3- steeping spoons.
Add the limencello, 63 grams/1/2-once per person.
Add the Vanilla cognac, 63 grams/ 1/2-ounce per person.
Pour the Vanilla cognac over the Limencello.
Pour the steeped vanilla tea in café cups over the liquors. Add the lemon juice. Garnish with a lemon wheel and vanilla bean.
For iced Noto-Cello steep the tea, allow to cool, pour the liquors and tea over an 8-ounce glass of ice.