A Confession - Cardamom Berry Cocktail (bonus mocktail)

The 90s martini craze brought us a berry martini called the black martini. Our version gives this cocktail intense aromatic depth by infusing vodka with our smoky cardamom black tea. Are your taste buds ready for a smoky berry martini? 

Make a mocktail version. Recipe below.

Recipe is for 1 drink. 
Tea-infused vodka recipe makes enough for 2 drinks.
Allow 15 minutes for vodka infusion. Civil Disobedience tea is so intense that we recommend a 15-20 minute infusion max.


  • 2 ounces Civil Disobedience-infused vodka
  • 1 ounce crème de cassis liqueur (chambord or other berry liqueur will work)

Civil Disobedience-infused Vodka Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon (3.5 grams) Civil Disobedience tea
  • 4 ounces vodka

Civil Disobedience-infused Vodka Preparation

  • In a glass container, add 1 tablespoon Civil Disobedience tea to 4 ounces of vodka
  • Infuse for 15-20 minutes
  • Remove tea from vodka by pouring it into a glass through a fine mesh strainer


  • Make Civil Disobedience-infused vodka
  • Stir ingredients together in shaker or pint glass with ice 
  • Strain and serve in a Nick and Nora glass
  • Garnish with a brandied cherry or blackberry

Makes 4 ounces of Civil Disobedience infused vodka.

Smoky Berry Mocktail

Try a 100% alcohol-free version of this drink with a smoky cardamom black tea infused syrup. Put the syrup on ice with soda to a dynamite mocktail.

Recipe is for 1 drink. 
Tea-infused syrup recipe makes enough for 3 drinks.
Allow 1 hour total - 1 hour for tea syrup, 10 minutes for drink.
Do ahead: make tea syrup the day before and store in the refrigerator.


  • 1.5 ounces Civil Disobedience syrup
  • 8 ounces sparkling water
  • .5-1 ounce elderberry or dark cherry juice 


  • Make Civil Disobedience syrup
  • If making 2 drinks, double all ingredients
  • Stir syrup and juice together in shaker or pint glass with ice 
  • Strain into a highball glass over ice
  • Add sparkling water and stir to combine
  • Garnish with a brandied cherry or blackberry

Civil Disobedience Syrup Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons (7 grams) Civil Disobedience tea
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup demerara or brown sugar
  • boil ingredients in a small saucepan 
  • simmer for 10 minutes
  • strain and refrigerate syrup (stays fresh for up to a week)

*Take care to avoid making the syrup too thick by boiling it down or it will lockup when you shake it with ice.

Makes 4 ounces of Civil Disobedience syrup.

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