This tea cocktail recipe is courtesy of my friend, and master mixologist Aaron. Enjoy!

After Dark Martini

Before assembling the cocktail, you must prepare the herbal tea-infused simple syrup. Here’s the recipe:

artist's depictionAfter Dark simple syrup
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
2 heaping tablespoons After Dark

Bring the water to a boil.
Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water.
Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat and add the tea leaves.
Steep the mixture for 6 min, strain.
Allow to cool completely and bottle.

Now for the booze:

2 oz Citron-flavored vodka (recommended: Hangar One’s Buddha’s Hand)
1/2 oz fresh squeezed meyer lemon juice
1 tbsp After Dark simple syrup
splash Club Soda

Combine first three ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, strain and pour into a martini glass. Top with club soda.