Oolong tea in cocktails
February 15, 2023

Innovative Ways to Use Oolong Tea in Your Cocktails and Kitchen | Eco-Cha Teas

Oolong tea is known for its rich, complex flavors and aromas, and it is increasingly being used in cocktails and other creative recipes. If you are a fan of Oolong tea and are looking for new and interesting ways to enjoy it, here are some ideas for incorporating it into your culinary experience.

Oolong Tea Syrup

Oolong tea syrup

One way to use Oolong tea in cocktails is to make a simple Oolong tea syrup. Roasted teas like Dong Ding Oolong or Tie Guan Yin Oolong have a robust flavor and would be good for this, but you can use any tea of your liking.

Oolong Tea Syrup Recipe


  • 1 cup (240 ml)  of water
  • 0.5 oz (14g) of loose-leaf Oolong tea
  • ½ cup (100g) of granulated sugar


  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Turn off the heat and add the tea leaves. Steep for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain out the tea leaves.
  4. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Let cool.
  5. Pour the syrup into a glass jar or bottle and store it in the refrigerator until ready to use.

The resulting syrup can be used to sweeten cocktails, mocktails, and other beverages, and it can also be used as a topping for pancakes, waffles, and other breakfast treats.

Oolong Cocktail Infusions

Tea infused cocktail

Oolong tea can also be used to infuse the flavor of cocktails and other beverages. Here, a lighter, unroasted tea like a Jin Xuan Oolong or even a green tea like Bi Luo Chun Green Tea, would do nicely so as not to be the dominant flavor. But experiment around and see what flavor suits you best.

Oolong Whiskey Sour Recipe


  • 2 ounces (60 ml) of bourbon
  • 3/4 ounce (22 ml) lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 ounce (15 ml) Oolong tea syrup (see above)
  • 1/2 ounce (15 ml) egg white (optional)
  • Garnish: Orange wheel


  1. Add bourbon, lemon juice, and Oolong tea syrup, and egg white (if used) into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously for about 20-30 seconds.
  3. Strain cocktail into glass filled with ice. Garnish with orange wheel.
  4. Enjoy!

Oolong Sauces

Oolong in sauce

Oolong tea can also be used to add flavor and depth to marinades, dressings, and other savory dishes. Brew a strong cup of the tea you want to use and after it has cooled, mix it with other ingredients, such as soy sauce, vinegar, oil, and spices, to create a flavorful marinade or dressing. You can then use the marinade or dressing to flavor meats, vegetables, or other dishes.

Oolong Teriyaki Sauce Recipe


  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 3 tablespoons (9 g) of loose-leaf Oolong tea
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) soy sauce
  • 5 teaspoons (21 g) packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon (1.4 g) ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.4 g) garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons (6 g) cornstarch
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) cold water


  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Turn off the heat and add the tea leaves. Steep for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain out the tea leaves.
  4. In a saucepan, combine the the tea mixture with soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, ginger, and garlic powder. Cook on medium heat until nearly heated through, about 1 minute.
  5. Mix cornstarch and 1/4 cold water together in a cup; stir until dissolved. Add to the saucepan. Cook and stir sauce until thickened, 5 to 7 minutes.
  6. Use directly with or as a marinade for chicken or your favorite meats!

Oolong Sweets

Oolong tea in sweet dessert

In addition to using Oolong tea in cocktails and other beverages, you can also use it to flavor baked goods and other sweet treats. For example, you can use Oolong tea to infuse the flavor of buttercream frostings, cream fillings, and other baked goods. You can also use Oolong tea to flavor ice creams, sorbets, and other frozen desserts.

Oolong Tea Frosting Recipe

Here's a basic recipe for using Oolong tea in frosting:


  • 1 cup (227 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups (480 g) powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons (15 -30 ml) milk or heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon (2-3 g) loose-leaf Oolong tea
  • 8 oz (240 ml) of water


  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Turn off the heat and add the tea leaves. Steep for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain the tea leaves and let the tea cool to room temperature.
  4. In a large bowl, beat the butter until it's light and fluffy.
  5. Gradually add the powdered sugar, mixing on low speed until it's fully incorporated.
  6. Add the cooled Oolong tea to the butter and sugar mixture, and mix until it's combined.
  7. If the frosting is too thick, add milk or heavy cream until it reaches your desired consistency.
  8. Use the frosting immediately, or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

The exact amount of Oolong tea you use will depend on the strength of the tea and your personal taste preferences. You can also experiment with adding other flavors or ingredients to the frosting, such as vanilla extract, cinnamon, or citrus zest.

Oolong Smoked Foods

Oolong tea smoked salmon

Oolong tea leaves can also be used directly in smoking and curing meats. Just add some of your favorite dry tea leaves to the wood used in the smoking process to infuse a unique flavor into your favorite smoked foods.

Oolong Tea Smoked Salmon Recipe

Below is a recipe you can try for Oolong smoked salmon.


  • 1 pound (0.5 kg) of salmon fillet
  • 1/4 cup (16 g) loose-leaf Oolong tea
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (18 g) sea salt


  1. Mix together the brown sugar and sea salt in a small bowl.
  2. Pat the salmon fillet dry with paper towels, and then coat it with the sugar and salt mixture.
  3. Spread the tea leaves out in a thin layer in the bottom of a stovetop smoker.
  4. Place the salmon fillet on a wire rack above the tea leaves in the smoker.
  5. Heat the smoker over medium heat until it starts to produce smoke, and then cover it tightly. Be careful to have adequate ventilation for the smoke.
  6. Let the salmon smoke for about 10-15 minutes, or until it's cooked to your desired level of doneness.
  7. Remove the salmon from the smoker and let it cool slightly before serving.

Get Creative

Oolong tea in dinner foods

Try out the above ideas to create unique and creative culinary experiences, such as Oolong tea-infused lunch or dinner parties. For example, you can create a multi-course meal that features Oolong tea-infused dishes, such as Oolong tea-marinated meats, Oolong tea-flavored sauces, and Oolong tea-infused desserts.


Overall, Oolong tea is a versatile and flavorful ingredient that can be used in a wide range of cocktails and other creative recipes. Whether you are looking to create simple Oolong tea syrups, infuse the flavor of cocktails and other beverages, or create unique and creative culinary experiences like smoked dishes, there are endless ways to use Oolong to liven up your drinking and eating experience.

Check out our blogpost for more tea-based recipes to explore using Oolong tea in new and exciting gastronomical ways!


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