Soldier’s March

Red and gold clad soldiers march to the staccato beat of Tchaikovsky.

A natural pairing with its smooth and creamy palate, Nutcracker tea infused in Maker’s Mark bourbon allows for an extra layer of depth within the cocktail, while a Nutcracker infused simple syrup brings out sweet notes of vanilla.

Notes from Christina Mercado, Mixologist at Vanderbilt Grace:


“Infusing the Maker’s Mark bourbon helps bring out the notes of the tea, rather than only using a tea syrup or the steeped tea in the cocktail directly. We took three days to infuse the tea – you want the sweet notes and astringency of the black tea, but not the bitterness.”

“You want the sweet notes and astringency of the black tea, but not the bitterness.”

Soldier’s March


  • 1.25 Ounces
    Maker’s Mark infused with TEALEAVES Nutcracker Loose Leaf Tea (see below)
  • 0.75 Ounces
    Nutcracker Tea Simple Syrup (see below)
  • 0.25 Ounces
    Evaporated Milk
  • 1 Ounce
    TEALEAVES Nutcracker Loose Leaf Tea, steeped
  • 1 Teaspoon
    Malt Powder
  • 0.5 Ounces
  • 0.5 Ounces
    Grand Marnier


  1. Infuse Maker’s Mark with Nutcracker tea.

  2. Make the Nutcracker simple syrup (see below).

  3. Mix all the ingredients together.

  4. Serve.

Maker’s Mark Infused with Nutcracker Tea


  • 0.2 Ounces
    TEALEAVES Nutcracker Loose Leaf Tea
  • 6 Ounces
    Maker’s Mark Whiskey


  1. Combine the tea leaves with the Maker’s Mark and allow to steep for 48-72 hours (to taste) at room temperature.

  2. Quickly shake the mixture after the first 12 hours.

  3. Taste the mixture every 12 hours to ensure the infusion doesn’t become too tannic.

  4. Double strain the tea, and store the whiskey.

  5. When straining the tea, do not press the tea, as this will release bitter tannins.

Nutcracker Simple Syrup


  • 2 Teaspoons
    TEALEAVES Nutcracker Loose Leaf Tea
  • 1 Cup
    Hot Water, 210ºF
  • 2 Cups


  1. Steep 2 tsp of TEALEAVES Nutcracker loose leaf tea in 1 cup of water (210ºF is ideal) for 2-3 minutes.

  2. Strain.

  3. Combine the sugar and steeped tea, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

  4. Let 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

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