Planter’s Tea
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Planter’s Tea
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Rating

4.45 / 5
The Planter's Tea is a warm, comforting cocktail that seamlessly blends the citrus zing of orange and lemon juices with the rich, sultry notes of dark rum. Infused with the ... more The Planter's Tea is a warm, comforting cocktail that seamlessly blends the citrus zing of orange and lemon juices with the rich, sultry notes of dark rum. Infused with the robust flavor of black tea, this cocktail offers a sophisticated twist on the traditional hot tea, sweetened to the drinker's liking. Served in a lowball glass and often garnished with a slice of orange, the Planter’s Tea provides a soothing experience, making it an ideal choice for cooler evenings or as a relaxing nightcap. Its unique combination of ingredients makes it a delightful alternative to classic warm cocktails.
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Base ingredient
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Dark rum
Garnish
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Orange
Alcohol content
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4.21% | 2.4 units *
Details
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Classic
Hot

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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Serves:
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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Planter's Tea is a delightful symphony of flavors where the citrus brightness of orange and lemon juices melds perfectly with the deep, caramel undertones of dark rum, all rounded out by the earthy robustness of black tea. The warmth of this concoction makes it a comforting choice for a chilly evening, balancing both zest and sweetness with an inviting complexity that turns a simple hot drink into an aromatic escape.

Method
How to make a Planter’s Tea

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add the dark rum, orange juice, lemon juice and the (strong) black tea to a saucepan and heat gently
Sweeten to taste with sugar
Garnish with a slice of orange and serve
~ Makes 2 drinks? ~

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Planter’s Tea?

Planter's Tea, while not as widely known as some classic cocktails, draws inspiration from the tradition of combining tea with spirits. Its name suggests a connection to plantation-style drinks which often included ingredients available on tropical plantations, such as citrus juices and rum. While it doesn't have a singular place of origin like some historical cocktails, it embodies the spirit of colonial-era drinks enjoyed in warm climates.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute dark rum with another type of rum in Planter’s Tea?

Yes, you can substitute dark rum with another type of rum in Planter's Tea, but it will affect the final flavor profile of the cocktail. Dark rum adds a rich and molasses-like sweetness that complements the tea and citrus flavors. Using white rum will make the drink lighter and slightly sharper, while spiced rum could add an interesting complexity with its additional flavors.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

What is the significance of the alcohol content in Planter’s Tea?

The alcohol content in Planter’s Tea is relatively low at 4.21%, making it a less potent option compared to many other cocktails. This lower alcohol content means it can be suitable for occasions when you prefer a milder drink that won't overshadow the flavors of the mixer ingredients, such as the tea and citrus juices. It's an excellent choice for a leisurely drink that doesn't lead to quick intoxication.

FAQ

How does the serving suggestion in a lowball glass enhance the drinking experience of Planter’s Tea?

Serving Planter's Tea in a lowball glass enhances the drinking experience by appropriately showcasing its rich, amber color and allowing the aroma of the combined ingredients to emerge. The lowball glass's wide opening makes it easier to take in the drink's aroma, which is an important aspect of taste. Moreover, the glass's sturdy base is ideal for serving hot beverages, providing a comfortable hold for sipping slowly and enjoying the drink's complexity.

FAQ

Is Planter’s Tea usually consumed during a specific time of day or season?

Planter's Tea, being a hot and alcoholic beverage with a comforting blend of tea, citrus, and rum, is particularly suitable for colder weather or evenings. However, it doesn't have a strict seasonal or time-of-day restriction. Its warming properties make it an excellent choice for fall and winter months or cool evenings. Yet, given its refreshing citrus notes, it wouldn't be out of place on a cooler summer night either. Its versatility makes it a delightful choice for various occasions and times.

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