Yesterday I wrote about the inspirational story of a family, the Walkers from Scotland, that began their business with a love of tea, and used that passion and know-how to bloom into one of the largest, most well-respected brands in the spirits industry.   Started by John Walker, and flourished by his son, Johnnie Walker is among this Sommelier’s top choices for any type of  whiskey (especially their Blue Label, if they’d like to send me some … hint-hint).

To honor these tea lovers, I’ve created a new tea cocktail that will bring them back to their roots!  I call it the Alexander, after John Walker’s son (who, you may recall, actually apprenticed to become a master tea blender, just like your’s truly!).  Enjoy:

the AlexanderThe Alexander

3-4 lemon wedges

4-6 fresh mint leaves

1 1/2 ounce assam syrup (recipe follows)

1 1/2 ounces Johnnie Walker (Gold Label, if possible), chilled

1 mint sprig for garnish

Muddle the lemon pieces, mint leaves, and assam syrup in the bottom of a martini shaker.  Add the whisky and shake well with ice. Strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Assam syrup

2 cups sugar

1 cup water

1 tablespoon assam finest, dry

Bring water to a boil, then add sugar, stirring until completely dissolved. Remove from heat and add tea, steeping for 10 minutes. Strain and allow to cool to room temperature.