Nice Twist: The Dushanbe Teahouse’s Orange Blossom Mojito

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Robyn Griggs Lawrence thumbnailThe Dushanbe Teahouse is a gift from the people of Dushanbe, Tajikistan, to sister city Boulder, Colorado. The museum-quality building was handbuilt in Tajikistan, disassembled, crated and sent to be rebuilt in Boulder as a symbol of friendship and cultural exploration—and it serves its purpose. A wonderful gathering spot for tea or tequila, the Teahouse offers more than 100 premium teas, traditional afternoon tea service and food made with fresh, natural ingredients from the owners’ farm.

I went to the Teahouse the other night for a sneak preview of this weekend’s Rocky Mountain Tea Festival, which will feature a tea bazaar, Japanese Tea Ceremony, a four-course Tea Dinner and a Children’s Teddy Bear Tea Party. Owners Sara and Lenny Martinelli got the party started with delicious, different Orange Blossom Mojitos—made with a touch of tea and not too sweet. They were kind enough to share the recipe with me, so I can share it with you. It’s the perfect light, refreshing cocktail for a warm summer evening.

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Dushanbe Teahouse’s Orange Blossom Mojitos 

6 cups water

6 cups sugar

2 tablespoons Green Lemonade Tea

Zest of whole orange

1-1/4 ounces white rum

1/2 lime

13 mint leaves

1 ounce soda water

To make Simple Syrup, combine water, sugar and Green Tea Lemonade and steep for 4 minutes. Add orange zest and steep.

To make mojitos, mold the mint and lime together with 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup. Add rum. Shake well with ice. Pour in glass and top off with soda water.

Green Lemonade Tea 

Combine 4 cups brewed green tea, 1 cup fresh lemon juice, 1/4 cup honey and ice.