Pu-erh Tea Digestif

Sweet, smoky earthiness in the tea compliments the barrel-aged Cognac, making for a surprisingly smooth drink.

Pu-erh Tea Digestif
Photo: Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen
Active Time:
5 mins
Chill Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins


  • 6 regular-size Pu-erh tea bags

  • 2 ¼ cups boiling water

  • 2 cups (16 ounces) cognac (such as Remy Martin XO Cognac)

  • Spherical ice cubes


  1. Place tea bags in a teapot or a medium-size heatproof bowl. Pour boiling water over tea bags, and press bags against side of teapot using a spoon until tea water is coffee colored. Let steep, uncovered, 10 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags. Stir cognac into brewed tea. Refrigerate until chilled and flavors meld, about 3 hours. Serve over spherical ice cubes in teacups. Tea may be stored, covered, in refrigerator up to 3 days.

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