lapsang souchong 

I’ve had a troubled relationship with this tea. If you’re not familiar with Lapsang Souchong, it’s a Chinese black tea that has been smoked. The history of it has something to do with being transported by land from China to Europe, and the smoke from the campfires getting into all of the goods that were being transported.

Anyway, this is my least favorite tea. Amongst the members of a certain niche, though, it’s incredibly popular. While I still can’t drink this stuff straight, I have discovered two things that I can make from it that are not only palatable, but downright delicious.

#1.) Sprinkled on a cheese sandwich. Seriously. I crave this. A little bit of Lapsang Souchong crushed and sprinkled on a melted cheese sandwich, pizza, or even a savory stew is enough to inspire obsession.

#2.) The “Toasted Marshmallow”. This is not a marshmallow. It’s something to drink. Here’s what you’ll need for this.

Make strong tea with these ingredients:
a.) 2 tsp (2-3 g) Lapsang Souchong smoky black tea,
b.) roughly 3/4 c (190 mL) nearly boiling water,
c.) sugar to taste; start with 2 Tbsp.
Make iced tea by pouring the strong, sweetened tea over
d.) enough ice cubes to fill a 16 oz (450 mL) glass.
The glass should be about 2/3 – 3/4 full at this point.
Fill the rest of the glass with some combination of
e.) cream,
f.) milk,
g.) dash of vanilla extract.
Top it off with:
h.) whipped cream,
i.) a sprinkle of cocoa powder.
Serve cold in the summer.