“I” is for Irish Breakfast Tea

Irish Breakfast tea brews a cup strong enough to start your morning.  It’s said that the Irish drink more tea per capita than almost anywhere else in the world.  To celebrate this tea-drinking tradition, Octavia Tea blended their Irish Breakfast tea with traditional Chinese black teas with a strong malty flavor and hints of molasses, grape skins and brisk slightly smoky finish that satisfies all day long.  If you like a strong traditional black tea to start your day, this is the tea for you.irish_breakfast_organic_black_tea_tin__68744

I love this Irish Breakfast tea with a splash of milk and sugar served with a scone or some afternoon sweets.

It’s also the perfect tea to use as a base for punch or mixed drinks like Southern Sweet Tea with Bourbon.  I love serving this on lazy summer evenings.

Southern Sweet Tea with Bourbon

Serves 8 to 10

  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1/4 cup loose leaf Octavia Irish Breakfast Tea
  • 1 1/2 cups bourbon
  • 1/3 cup simple syrup*
  • Ice for glasses
  • 10 lemon wedges for garnish (optional)
  • 10 fresh mint sprigs for garnish (optional)


  1. Combine the water and tea in a large pitcher or jar. Cover and let the tea steep at room temperature for 10 to 12 hours. Strain tea and discard tea leaves.
  2. Add the bourbon and simple syrup to the pitcher and stir to combine. Adjust sweetness with more or less simple syrup.
  3. Garnish the pitcher by floating a few lemon slices in the tea cocktail.
  4. For each drink, fill a tall glass like a Collins glass with ice and pour the cocktail over ice. Garnish with a wedge of lemon and sprig of fresh mint if using.


*To make simple syrup combine equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan.  Heat over medium heat until sugar dissolves.  Cool and keep in fridge for up to 1 week.  Works well to sweeten any drink as the sugar is already dissolved.

*Do Not Add Ice to Pitcher it will dilute the cocktail too much.  Better to pour the cocktail over ice in the glasses.

*The tea can be made up to 2 days in advance.  Once steeped and strained refrigerate.


If you’d like to try Octavia’s Irish Breakfast Tea for yourself, go to Octavia Tea’s website HERE or look for Octavia teas in specialty shops.


This post is part of an A-2-Z Writing Challenge for the month of April where you write everyday except Sundays with the next letter of the alphabet.a to z challenge for april 2018

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