Earl Grey Gin Cocktail

I like tea and I like gin. I particularly like earl grey and gin based cocktails so I thought it was about time that I got creative with my cocktail shaker and tried these two tastes together. Not for my own benefit of course, all in the name of experimenting. Whenever I make a cocktail I am always amazed at how the slight slip of a hand can affect the end taste of the drink; too sweet, too acidic, too much alcohol. Then again, you can add a bit more of this and a bit less of that depending on your tastes.

Earl Grey Gin Gimlet - All That I'm Eating (2 of 3)You will need (per drink):

  • 1 heaped tsp earl grey loose leaf tea
  • 125ml water
  • 20g sugar
  • 50ml gin
  • Juice 1 lemon

Earl Grey Gin Gimlet - All That I'm Eating (3 of 3)Make a strong earl grey by adding the loose leaf tea to 75ml of boiling water and leaving it to stand for 5 minutes. Remove the tea leaves when done.

Simmer together the remaining 50ml water and the sugar in a small pan until the sugar is fully dissolved and you have a syrup. Leave the syrup to cool slightly then add the stir in the tea.

Into a glass (a pretty one helps) pour the tea syrup (around 50ml), gin and the lemon juice.

Sit back, relax and sip.

I topped mine with some little dried cornflowers. Just because.

Earl Grey Gin Gimlet - All That I'm Eating (1 of 3)This is truly a tipple to enjoy on a warm afternoon. A glass of this, sat outside in some dappled shade and everything is just marvellous. The flavours are as you would expect; the delicate bergamot from the earl grey giving everything a lovely flavour. The balance of sweetness to acidic lemon to gin, to my taste, is spot on. Also, as it doesn’t need any really special ingredients you could knock up a batch at a moment’s notice. Topping the cocktail with cornflowers doesn’t add anything other than making it look pretty; and why not.

Comments

  1. says

    I love tea and I love gin, too, Caroline. But I never thought to put the two together! What a fabulous idea for a cocktail! I would love to sit and sip one of these in the shade of a lazy day! : )

  2. says

    Gee, I have a fresh pot of Earl Grey tea on the counter top, and gin the cupboard. A few minutes of work and I could be in business. 😉 This is a great looking cocktail — love the combo of flavors. Thanks for this.

  3. says

    I’ve never thought of using tea in a cocktail, but now that you’ve put that thought in my mind, I know I’d love cocktails like yours 🙂 Beautiful, too.

  4. says

    Now I guess you could say that you’re a teetotaling drinker! 😉 Clever (and no doubt refreshing) way to blend the two beverages.

  5. says

    Mmm! I have never tried tea and alcohol together before. One to stay awake and one to make you not stand straight… definitely a must-try combination and see whether I’ll stand at the end! 😉

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