Botanist T

Recipe by Timo Wessels | Updated on 3. February 2023

The Botanist T Cocktail is a well-balanced drink with flavourful Roiboos-Vanilla Tea. Paired with Lemon, Gin, and some Orange Zest, it's a refreshing and crisp summer and autumn cocktail.

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  • 30ml The Botanist Islay Dry Gin (gin)
  • 30ml Cointreau Blood Orange (blood orange liqueur)
  • 20ml Simple Syrup (sugar syrup)
  • 20ml Lemon Juice Fresh (citrus juice)
  • 100ml Samova Orange Safari Roiboos Vanilla Tea (rooibos tea)
White Wine Glass
brew / shake / strain

1x blood orange zest

Mixing Instructions

  1. Brew the tea and let it cool down.
  2. Remove the tea herbs from the water. And keep the strong brew refrigerated.
  3. Pour all ingredients into the shaker.
  4. Shake until chilled and strain into a serving glass filled with ice.
  5. Add your garnish.

Detailed Recipe Instructions

  1. Brew the tea.
  2. Let the tea sit for a while until it is cooled down to room temperature.
  3. Remove the tea herbs from the water. And keep the strong brew refrigerated.
  4. Prepare your Mise en Place.
  5. Prepare your bottle setup.
  6. Prepare your garnish.
  7. Pour all ingredients into the shaker.
  8. Add ice cubes into the shaker
  9. Shake for about 10 seconds.
  10. Add ice cubes to the white wine glass.
  11. Strain into the serving glass.
  12. Add your garnish.
  13. Clean up your working station.

how to garnish

  • 1x blood orange zest, squeeze and drop into the glass.

Mixing Tips


  • It might be helpful to add in the beginning lesser syrup. You can constantly adjust the sweetness after shaking the cocktail.

Mise En Place

  • Keep all equipment and ingredients within range. It will be easier and faster to mix the drink.

Non Alcoholic Ingredients

  • Try to make a strong brew if you use tea as an ingredient.
  • For better results, chill your strong brew tea before mixing it.


  • Be careful and confident if you want to zest a citrus fruit with a zest peeler!
Autumn, Modern, Light
ice cubes for shaking
ice cubes for the serving glass
Bar Equipment:
Jigger, Zester Grater, Cocktail Shaker, Water Kettle

Zester Grater
Cocktail Shaker
Water Kettle

Editor Recipe Notes

Once in a while, you focus on certain ingredients. And somehow, Rooibos-Vanilla Tea is like the Elderflower for Cocktails =).
What I like about tea is that it contains no sugar, has a lot of flavors that you can control, and is very versatile to use.
Instead of always mixing a Drink with Juice, you should try some strongly brewed tea. That’s what we did with the Botanist T cocktail. You can play around with some different styles of Gin and the amount of tea. You could even make a twist and serve it in a coupette glassware. The world is open to you =)

Flavour and Texture


orange, rooibos, vanilla


lemon, rooibos, vanilla


light bodied, smooth, zippy

Table Of Contents

210 ml = 1 serving