Jewel of Seiffen


Jewel of Seiffen

Named after the German town of Seiffen, where nutcrackers were first crafted, this cocktail brings rich and creamy Nutcracker tea to life with a dash of rum and Creme de Cacao.

Choosing two different rums of varying molasses content to complement the notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and hazelnut in the tea, mixologist Jesse Dureka creates a decadent German fairytale experience.

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Jewel of Seiffen

Notes from Jesse Dureka, Mixologist at The Rittenhouse:

“We spent a half hour each day for a week to experiment with the amount and type of sugar added to best complement the tea’s palate. In the end, we decided on muscovado, which has a slight molasses taste, and really highlighted the notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and hazelnut in the tea. Using the white sugar just made it sweet but added little complexity.”

Servings: 1 Cocktail

Keywords: Mixology, Cocktail, Holiday

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins


Jewel of Seiffen

  • ¾ oz. Diplomatico Reserva Rum 
  • ¾ oz. JM Rhum Gold Rhum Agricole
  • ¼ oz. Marie Brizard 
  • ¼ oz. Crème de Cacao White
  • ¼ oz. Nocello Walnut Liqueur 
  • 1 oz. TEALEAVES Nutcracker Tea Syrup (see below)
  • 1 Egg White 
  • Nutmeg, shaved (for garnish)
  • Hazelnut, shaved (for garnish)

TEALEAVES Nutcracker Tea Syrup


Jewel of Seiffen

  1. In a pint glass, add all the ingredients and dry shake.
  2. Add ice and shake again.
  3. Strain into a small coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with freshly shaved nutmeg and hazelnut.

TEALEAVES Nutcracker Tea Syrup

  1. Steep the tea for 4 minutes or to taste.
  2. Add the sugar, and bring to a boil.
  3. Cool.


In time for the holidays, TEALEAVES, in a collaboration with 15+ ballet companies, 10+ luxury hotel partners, and an antiquarian horologist, launched the worldwide Nutcracker #AfternoonTEALEAVES: Gifts of Time initiative. The project is a twist to the traditional gift guide that offers experiential pairings to afternoon tea, themed after the story of the Nutcracker, and celebrates the arts, true craftsmanship, and spending quality time with others.

Piece together your real-life Nutcracker fairytale and explore various ‘Gifts of Time’. Journey to