It’s tea cocktail time! Have you heard of an oolong hai? It’s a deliciously refreshing Japanese tea cocktail that’s tremendous easy to make. You simply want three ingredients- chilly oolong tea, shochu, and ice.
What Is An Oolong Hai Tea Cocktail?
Oolong hai is a drink standard at izakaya eating places and karaoke bars in Japan. I’ve had it at just a few native Japanese locations right here in NY, and I simply love the earthy, refreshing taste. I’m imagining sitting out on our little patio within the springtime, listening to the birds and sipping an oolong hai.
The drink is named a ‘hai’, as a result of it is brief for ‘highball’. A highball is mainly whiskey with a mixer. The oolong hai is harking back to the unique drink, with an fascinating spin utilizing shochu and tea. I discover the oolong hai to be a bit extra delicate than a highball. Depending on the number of shochu you utilize the drink might be fairly refined, permitting the oolong tea to shine by.
Oolong Hai Ingredients
First, let’s speak concerning the shochu. Shochu is a Japanese distilled liquor, often made out of candy potato (imo), barley (mugi), or rice (kome). Each one has a special taste, which can barely change the general taste profile of your cocktail. Finding shochu is probably not so simple as going to the liquor retailer. You might must name round to see which retailer close to you carries it. I needed to go to just a few shops till I discovered one which had it (I ought to have known as forward!). But you may also order it online, and as with every different liquor there are totally different grades and value factors.
Of course, you may additionally want an oolong tea. From every thing I’ve seen, a medium to heavier-oxidized/roasted oolong is an effective selection. I would not use something floral right here, however you would definitely attempt one and see the way it works. I made a decision to make use of a Muzha Tieguanyin for my cocktail, primarily as a result of I had it in the home. Dong ding would work properly too, no matter darker oolong you’ve got bought. I love to do a chilly brewed tea, however should you do not wish to wait, you’ll be able to brew the tea to double power and ice it.
Oolong Hai Tea Cocktail Recipe
The recipe is tremendous easy! The fundamental recipe is six elements tea to 4 elements shochu.
Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour over 120ml of shochu, then add 180ml of tea. Stir and luxuriate in!
Additions and Substitutions To Your Oolong Hai
If you are feeling like altering out the kind of tea, you can also make a sencha hai, which can also be a preferred drink and I’m certain it will be simply as refreshing. I preserve pondering hojicha could be a scrumptious substitution, which I’m going to attempt subsequent!
If you want this to be nearer to a traditional highball you’ll be able to add a fizzy part akin to membership soda and even ginger ale. A squeeze of lemon would additionally make it a pleasant summertime drink. It might be tailor-made to no matter flavors you are feeling like including, for the reason that shochu is so refined.
Have you encountered another fascinating oolong hai cocktails? I’d love to listen to your expertise with them. Kanpai!