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Earl Grey-Infused Dolin Blanc

Earl Grey infused Dolin Blanc

This is an excellent infusion that’s featured in the Death & Co cocktail book. The bergamot orange notes in the tea make this excellent vermouth even more fun to incorporate into various cocktails.

Earl Grey infused Dolin Blanc
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Earl Grey-Infused Dolin Blanc

Servings: 750 mL
Author: Death & Co

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Steep tea in Dolin Blanc at room temperature for 45 minutes.
  • Strain and bottle.

Notes

Recipe from the excellent book, Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails.

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