Liqueur de Thé Angélique, a tea liqueur, is the most recent addition to the fine collection of spirits from Quebec microdistillery Les Subversifs.
Although its arrival on the shelves of the SAQ dates back to spring 2020, it is this year, reason being the pandemic, that the distillery proceeds to the official launch of its tea liqueur.
And it couldn’t be better with the arrival of summer!
Let’s taste liqueur de thé ANGÉLIQUE
ANGÉLIQUE tea liqueur, is without added flavors or colorings. It’s composed of an infusion blend of yerba mate, a plant native to South America, angelica root, of European origin and present in Quebec, as well as Labrador tea, a plant from our boreal forests.
When we talk about a digestif or digestif liqueur, we usually expect something strong, a high alcohol taste or perhaps very sweet. And this is where ANGÉLIQUE tea liqueur might surprise you!
Very delicate, with 24% alcohol, the tea liqueur seduces with its slightly sweet tea taste. It’s refreshing and delicious!
The balance between the bitterness of the yerba mate and the sweetness is perfect. I love it and this liqueur will appeal to anyone who likes iced tea, guaranteed.
It’s the perfect liqueur to make iced teas with a little kick all summer long!
How to serve liqueur de thé ANGÉLIQUE ?
That’s the easy part! This tea liqueur can be served on its own with ice or with a splash of sparkling water.
It can also be mixed with lemonade or lemon juice to make a cocktail with iced tea flavors, like the Angelique iced tea recipe suggested in this article.
It’s a delicate and refreshing cocktail, ideal for brunch, on a hot day or for a slightly lighter aperitif.
For a more full-bodied version, just add a little extra tea liqueur!
But who was Angélique ?
The signature of Les Subversifs microdistillery is that each product pays tribute to a character who made history in Quebec.
After their very good Marie-Victorin gin, Isabelle, Eva and Arthur mint creams and Léo’s Réduit, Angélique is put up front.
Angélique was a slave in New France. In an attempt to flee to freedom, she threatened her mistress to burn down her residence. Soon after, in April 1734, a major fire destroyed much of the city Montreal.
It didn’t take much longer for Marie-Josèphe Angélique, to become the prime suspect and to be accused without evidence of having started this fire. This trial remains one of the best known of the 18th century in Canada and Angélique was found guilty, hanged and burned in the public square.
Liqueur de thé Angélique
Available at the SAQ, 34.25$
- 60 ml ANGÉLIQUE tea liqueur
- 30 ml lemon juice
- Sparkling water to taste
- Ice cubes
- In a large highball-type glass filled with ice cubes, pour ANGÉLIQUE tea liqueur (see note 1) and lemon juice, then stir.
- Add sparkling water.
- Garnish with a lemon wedge.
Note 1: This cocktail is very light. For a bolder version, add more tea liqueur.