The Kilted Caroler

A winter warmer with a brogue.

By now, when the thought of another holiday party sound as appealing as a root canal you’ve probably had it up to here with winter ales, spiked egg nog and hot toddies. No? Yeah, we didn’t think so and that’s why we like you. Warm your cockles with this delicious tea and scotch libation to keep the carols loud and the line for the mistletoe long.

Equipment Needed: Tea Kettle, Chef’s Knife, Cutting Board, Mug or Glass, Spoon


  • Water (free)
  • 1 earl grey tea bag ($3.29/box of 20)
  • 1 generous shot of scotch (around $40/750 ml for the good stuff)
  • 1 1/2 TSP blood orange bitters (about $7/4 oz)
  • 1 blood orange ($2.99/lb)
  • 1 TBSP sugar ($2.39/2 lb box)


  • Fill your tea kettle with water and put it over high heat. While the water’s boiling cut the end off your blood orange until you get to the inner flesh. Slice two thin discs off, cut one in half and cut one halfway through for garnish.
  • Once the water has boiled add about a cup’s worth to your mug and put the tea bag in. Let it steep (read: soak in) for about 3-5 minutes depending on how pronounced you want the Earl Grey flavor to come through.
  • Add in the sugar, bitters and scotch and stir thoroughly. Squeeze in the juice from your halved orange disc and toss in the remains. Put the other disc on the rim of the mug, sip and go build an anatomically correct snowman for the neighbors to enjoy.

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