Serves 1
1½ oz (45 ml) Absolut Mandarin
3/4 oz (22 ml) red sweet vermouth
1 oz (30 ml) Lapsang Souchong Cordial
2 dashes orange bitters
1 strip orange zest, for garnish


  1. In a mixing glass with ice, combine vodka, vermouth, Lapsang Souchong Cordial and orange bitters. Stir until well chilled and diluted as desired. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Express oils from orange peel over surface.
  2. To make LAPSANG SOUCHONG CORDIAL: Pour 1¼ cups (310 ml) boiling water over 2 tbsp (30 ml) of loose-leaf lapsang souchong tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Strain out leaves and discard. Combine hot tea with 2/3 cup (150 ml) of sugar and stir to dissolve. Once cooled, refrigerate in sealed container for up to 1 month.
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