The Earl of Harlem Cocktail: Glenmorangie + Marcus Samuelsson = A Match Made in Flavor Heaven


WOO! Y’ALL! Something really exciting happened to me!

A couple of days ago, I received a fabulous box from Robb Vices containing Glenmorangie Original + their Glencairn glass, The Earl of Harlem Ambessa tea created by chef Marcus Samuelsson, and a pair of sunglasses from Finlay & Co. Best part of this magical box was that it just showed up out of the blue! OUT OF THE BLUE Y’ALL!


A note was included from the communications director at Glenmorangie to enjoy the Scotch and cocktail, so I shall share its contents with all of you.


The theme of this Robb Vices box was “wood”, hence these wooden Finlay & Co. sunglasses made from sustainable hardwood. I’ll be lookin like a 1970s California State Trooper in these. Yeaaaaah!


Now onto the tasty part: chef Marcus Samuelsson and Glenmorangie are launching a partnership filled with tasty pairings and cocktail recipes! This tea, The Earl of Harlem, was created by Harney & Sons with chef Samuelsson and has classic Earl Grey notes but also a darker smokey quality.

Coming from someone who enjoys their cuppa every day: this is a VERY GOOD TEA! It’s deep, rich, fruity, earthy, and smoked. I looooove it.


Next, a bottle of Glenmorangie Original Single Malt Scotch + glencairn + cover. (It has a hat! The glassware has a hat!) For those of you unfamiliar with Glenmorangie scotches, they are on the “flora & fauna” end of Scotch Whiskies, have excellent citrus, fruity, & floral notes, great vanilla + malted notes, and are really well balanced.


The Robb Vices booklet included a recipe for the Earl of Harlem Cocktail, a Glenmorangie Original Single Malt Scotch + Ambessa Earl of Harlem Tea cocktail. I was definitely pumped to make this!


This cocktail calls for a tea syrup.

The Earl of Harlem Cocktail Syrup Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Water
  • 2 cups of Honey
  • 4 Sachets of The Earl of Harlem Tea
  • 3 pieces of dried Chili Pepper (I had Ancho Chile peppers)
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Seed (I had dried Coriander powder)


  1. In a sauce pot, heat Water, Honey, Coriander, and Chili peppers and bring to a simmer for around 5 minutes.
  2. Add the tea sachets and steep for around 20 minutes.
  3. Strain into a container and let cool to room temperature.


When complete, you’ll have a magnificent bottle of sultry, smokey, delictable tea syrup. It’s legit the bomb. It might be the best tea syrup I’ve ever tasted, and it goes so damn well with Glenmorangie Original Scotch!


Ok, so now we have the syrup, let’s make The Earl of Harlem cocktail.


Our lovely ingredients.


The instructions for this cocktail were given in a large batch format. I will give both the original recipe and a recipe I tweaked for one serving.

The Earl of Harlem Cocktail (Original recipe, large format)

  • 8 oz Glenmorangie Original Single Malt Scotch
  • 8 oz Earl of Harlem Syrup
  • splash of Lemon Juice
  • Garnish: Orange peel

Combine ingredients over ice and short shake. Strain into Rocks glass over ice and garnish.

The Earl of Harlem Cocktail (for one)

  • 1 1/2 oz Glenmorangie Original Single Malt Scotch
  • 1 1/2 oz Earl of Harlem Syrup*
  • barspoon Lemon Juice
  • Garnish: Orange peel

Combine ingredients over ice and short shake. Strain into double Rocks glass over ice and garnish.

*Now you are probably thinking, “gurrrrl a 1:1 ratio of syrup to Scotch? Isn’t that a lot of syrup?” I’m fully with you on this. If you think it’s too sweet, I’d go 1 1/2 oz Scotch to 1 oz Syrup but honestly, the syrup is not too sweet and compliments the Scotch very well.


And there you have it! The Earl of Harlem Cocktail is a great pairing of two delicious forces. Thanks to Glenmorangie for sending me this fabulous package and I cant wait to taste more from their partnership with Marcus Samuelsson!




Feliz Cinco de Mayo 2016 y’all! I’ve decided to post this drink from a couple of years ago cause it’s one of my faves. Salud!

Yes. Yes! YEAAAAAASSS! I’ve been waiting for a post like this. This is the post where I get to talk about Penélope Cruz and my own personal Tequila Challenge.

First, the Tequila Challenge. Well, here I am, a California Mexican American living in New York City and let me tell y’all, people don’t take Tequila seriously here. In fact, most of my friends usually shudder at the mention of Tequila. “Ohhhhh, I can’t have Tequila, it makes me act crazy.” “Noooooo, I’ll never have Tequila again, last time I did, I blacked out and got into a huge fight at a bar in the LES.” Sure, sure you did sweetie. Honestly, for a city that loves to drink obscene amounts of whiskey and rum, people seem to get week in the knees as soon as I suggest having a drink with Tequila.

Well you know what? Tequila doesn’t really affect you any differently than Vodka, Gin, Rum or even Whiskey. You’ve just had awful Tequila or you just take SHOTS. In fact, I’m sure you’ve had so many “shots” of José or Patrón and after having all these SHOTS of Tequila, you felt a little bit crazy. You probably felt a little bit violent. You maybe even blacked out.

You’ve been drinking Tequila wrong.

My Tequila Challenge is to encourage us Home Bar Girls and Dudes to enjoy Tequila served “up”, “short”, “neat” and “on the rocks” in the same way we’d drink Gin, Whiskey, or even Aged Rum. Good Tequila is delicious, flavourful and much more fun to mix with than something bland and boring like Vodka. We should consider making cocktails with Tequila to be an art form, not some lame excuse to get drunk as quickly as possible. Sip Tequila, don’t shoot it.

Second, Penélope Cruz. There isn’t really much to say, she’s like the sexiest lady who has lived in the past 40 years and she seems like she’d be a helluva lot of fun to have Tequila cocktails with. When I made this drink for my girlfriend, she tasted it, I asked her what we should name it and she said, “SOMETHING TO DO WITH PENÉLOPE CRUZ.” Ok, you got it babe. We decided to name the drink Volver porque nosotros amamos Pedro Almodóvar y Penélope Cruz para siempre.



  • 1 oz Reposado Tequila (I love to mix with Espolón Tequila)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 oz Ancho Chile infused Reposado Tequila*, depends on how spicy you like it 🙂
  • 1/2 oz St-Germain
  • 1/2 oz Punt e Mes
  • 2 Dashes Orange Bitters
  • 2 Pineapple Chunks

In tin, muddle pineapple and add remaining ingredients. Shake, shake, shake over cracked ice. Double Strain into rocks glass over one big rock. Salud!

*For the Ancho Chile infused Tequila: place one dried Ancho Chile Pepper into a Medium sized Mason Jar, fill with Reposado Tequila and let steep for approximately two hours. Strain. Seriously Nice Spice.