The Crackatook

A curse from the Mouse Queen turns a princess into the first nutcracker, and can only be lifted by eating the Crackatook nut.

Sip yourself into the origins of the Nutcracker, and try the magical nut in this smoky, hazelnut cocktail. Nutcracker tea-infused rum, with its hazelnut and citrus notes, perfectly complements a smoky maple syrup, for a warming story in front of Drosselmeyer’s clockwork castle.

Notes from Rob Kharazmi, Mixologist at Four Seasons, Whistler:


“We let the syrup infuse for two to three days in order for it to fully absorb the aroma and flavors of the Nutcracker tea, along with additional hazelnut, vanilla, caramel, cinnamon and orange juice. We found letting the tea infuse in the maple syrup overnight gave us the right amount of astringency balanced with the sweetness.”

“We wanted to pay homage to the Nutcracker with a drink with many layers to it.”

The Crackatook


  • 1.5 Ounces
    Nutcracker-Infused Mount Gay Amber (see below)
  • 0.75 Ounces
    Nutcracker Syrup (see below)
  • 0.5 Ounces
  • 0.5 Ounces
    Lapsang Souchong Maple Syrup (see below)


  1. Mix all the ingredients together.

  2. Top up with hot water.

  3. Enjoy!

Nutcracker Syrup


  • 400 Millilitres
    TEALEAVES Nutcracker Tea, steeped
  • 50 Millilitres
    Hazelnut, crushed
  • 15 Millilitres
    Vanilla Extract
  • 50 Millilitres
  • 5
    Cinnamon Sticks
  • 20 Millilitres
    Fresh Orange Juice
  • 100 Millilitres
    Simple Syrup (1/1 sugar and water ratio)


  1. Bring all the ingredients to a boil and let simmer for a few minutes.

  2. Strain.

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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