Classic – a winter taste of Tatratea

Among the most popular posts on Cookslovak site so far have been cocktails made from Tatratea™ by a London-based bartender Marián Beke. Clearly the way he mixes the popular Slovak alcohol with traditional, as well as more exotic ingredients, inspired cocktail fans from all around the world. 

Wolfpack showcases the good, old Tatratea Original and kofola, the time-honoured soft drink made in Slovakia. Garnished with toasted marshmallows and gingerbread, it is as much pleasure to look at as to savour. Sunrays offer an enticing mix of Tatratea Coconut, pineapple juice and Vinea – another soft drink that made a name for Slovakia.

It’s not easy to get Tatratea™ outside of Slovakia, but if a friend brings you a bottle of Tatratea Citrus, you can try out this warming cocktail, perfectly suited for a chilly winter day. Feel free to replace the tea in the recipe below with your favourite herbal one if you can’t get hold of lemon verbena, lemon balm and lemon thyme tea mix.

Classic (Recipe by Marian Beke)

Per person:

  • 40 ml Tatratea 32% Citrus
  • lemon verbena, lemon balm and lemon thyme tea mix
  • 20 ml grape fructose
  • freshly squeezed juice of ½ lemon
  • a pinch of salt

Method:

  1. Prepare the tea and sweeten it to taste with the grape fructose.
  2. Pour the Tatratea in a mug, add the freshly squeezed lemon juice and the salt.
  3. Pour in the warm tea, mix well and serve immediately.

When travel is made possible again this year and you choose to visit Slovakia, it might be worth checking this website for a tour of Tatra Distillery in Kežmarok. You’ll get a chance to sample 14 different flavours of Tatratea™, and will meet a bunch of wonderful people at the heart of this flourishing business.

If you want to find out more about the history of Tatratea™, the Autumn Book of A Taste of Slovakia series will give you an insight into that.

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