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Tequila Toddy




2 tablespoons (3 tea bags) Rooibos tea

1½ cup water

¾ ounce orange oleo syrup (recipe follows)

1 cardamom pod

1 stick cinnamon plus 1 for garnish

5 peppercorns

½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds

1 pinch chili flake

1 pinch cumin seed

1½ ounces t1 Estelar Añejo Tequila

2 dashes chocolate bitters

Raw sugar

Orange peel for garnish

Orange Oleo Syrup

Peel of 2 navel oranges

1½ cup raw sugar

1 cup boiling water


  1. Heat tea in saucepan with water.
  2. When boiling, add orange oleo syrup and spices. Reduce heat and steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Strain tea into mug, add liquor and bitters and stir. Sweeten with raw sugar if desired. Garnish with orange peel and cinnamon stick.

Orange Oleo Syrup

  1. Place orange peel into plastic container.
  2. Add sugar and muddle. Let sit in warm environment 30 minutes.
  3. Add water and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Strain, allow to cool, and store in refrigerator for up to one week.