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Tea Mocktail Old Fashioned

A Hendrick's Tea House Ceylon Black Tea Mocktail Recipe (alcohol-free)

Hendrick's Tea House Ceylon black tea Old Fashioned mocktail with cocktail cherry brown sugar and orange zest
Hendrick's Tea House black tea version of an Old Fashioned.

Here’s our take on the Old Fashioned cocktail. We’ve mixed it up with our #HendricksTeaHouse Ceylon Black Tea, orange zest and cocktail cherries!

A fun nostalgic taste without the booze. And, unlike a classic Old Fashioned, this won't "grow hair on your chest..." but it is tasty! (But feel free to turn this mocktail into a cocktail by adding some whiskey or bourbon if desired).

FLAVORS: This tea-forward Mocktail Old Fashioned has a citrus and cherry flare, with rich notes from the Ceylon tea, and caramel overtones from brown sugar. Club Soda adds a zippy and sparkling tone.


Recipe: Tea Mocktail Old Fashioned

Hendrick's Tea House Tea Mocktail Old Fashioned with brown sugar cocktail cherry and orange zest alcohol free
Tea Mocktail Old Fashioned

Serves 4

Alcohol Free, Gluten Free, Vegan, Dairy-Free

Difficulty: Easy    Prep Time: 5 min.  Cook Time: 5 min.

Chilling Time: 15 min.   Total Time:  25 min.**

**Note if you plan to make the single large ice cube per glass like a traditional Old Fashioned, you'll want to prepare the ice cubes the night before.


  • 1½ Tablespoons dark brown sugar

  • 3 tea bags Hendrick’s Tea House Ceylon Black Tea

  • 1 cup hot water

  • 3-4 cups of Club Soda or Tonic Water (tonic water will add more “bitterness” reminiscent of a traditional Old Fashioned)

  • About ½ teaspoon orange zest

  • 4 thin slices of orange peel for garnish later

  • 4 to 8 Cocktail Cherries (not Maraschino Cherries, you want the classic cocktail dark cherries for this)

  • Ice for 4 glasses

  • (optional) per glass of tea, add ½ teaspoon dark cherry syrup from the cocktail cherries jar

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Kitchen Items:

  • 4 glasses (about 8 -10 oz each)

  • 10+ oz heat-proof pitcher

  • Kettle to boil water

  • Measuring spoons

  • Small bowl or mortar & pestle 

  • Spoon to mix with 

  • (optional) Decorative cocktail toothpick for garnish

  • (optional) Large ice cube molds

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  1. Zest about ½ tsp full of orange peel (a little over is ok). Then, cut 4 thin slices of orange peel for garnish. Set the peel slices aside. 

  2. Place 1½ tbsp dark brown sugar into a small bowl and mix the orange zest with the brown sugar (either by hand and rub between your fingers or with the back of a spoon/mortar & pestle). Set aside. 

  3. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil.

  4. Place 3 tea bags of Hendrick’s Tea House black tea into a heat-proof pitcher.

  5. Make a tea concentrate by carefully pouring the hot water over the tea bags and into the pitcher. Steep for 5 min. 

  6. Once the tea steeps, remove the 3 tea bags from the mug. Lift the tea bags onto a spoon and twist the tea bag string around the bags to gently squeeze the leftover super-steeped liquid out of the tea bags & into your mug. Then, discard the tea bags.

    1. Want to be eco friendly? You can allow the tea bags to cool, open the tea bags and place the used tea granules in garden soil.

  7. To the hot tea, add the brown sugar with orange zest mixed in. Stir until the sugar fully dissolves. This will be your tea concentrate. 

  8. Set tea aside to cool (at least 15 min).

To serve (per glass):

  1. Add ¼ cup cooled tea concentrate to each glass. 

  2. Pour ½ cup club soda or tonic water into the tea glasses, add more if needed. Stir. 

  3. Add 1 cocktail cherry to each glass.

  4. Add several ice cubes or one large ice cube per glass.  

  5. Place 1 orange peel in each glass to garnish.

  6. (optional) per glass of tea, add ½ tsp dark cherry syrup from the cocktail cherries jar.

  7. (optional alternate garnish option) decorative cocktail toothpick for garnish to hold the orange peel & additional cherry.

  8. Cheers & Enjoy this Tea Mocktail Old Fashioned!

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