Tea is our ingredient of the season this winter. We’re using that as an excuse to sit down more often and relax over a cuppa’. Check out the entire tea archive. This post, in particular, is another one that calls for the use of Earl Grey (in ice cream sandwiches!).
I can’t believe that it took us two months to combine tea and alcohol, but the day is finally here! Today we’re sharing our take on this delicious cocktail from Sugar & Charm. As you’ll see, this drink is a complex mix of a variety of botanical flavors. The Earl Grey tea provides a dark tannin-filled foundation, and then it’s layered with lavender, lime juice, and just a hint of citrus, both from the tea and a sliver of zest. Honey adds just a touch of sweetness. Needless to say, this drink is far from the Long Island Iced Teas we all had one too many of in college.
I mentioned that the drink gets a hint of citrus from the Earl Grey tea. Traditionally, Earl Grey is a black tea that is scented with the addition of bergamot essential oil. The bergamot orange is an extremely sour fruit with a rind the color of lemons. It is not considered edible, but with the addition of sugar can be turned into marmalade. Earl Grey tea was first produced in England in the early 1800s in an attempt to reproduce the flavors of more expensive Chinese teas. Perhaps surprisingly, combining gin and Earl Grey, as we do below, is not a unique idea. Although it’s not as fashionable today, it was common throughout the UK, particularly in the late 1800s.
- 6 oz Earl Grey Tea, sweetened with honey and cooled
- 1.5 oz gin
- sprinkle of lavender flowers
- juice from 1/2 lime
- slice of lime
- slice of orange or large piece of zest
- extra honey for garnish (if desired)
- Place the cooled tea, gin, lavender flowers, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well and then strain into a cocktail glass with a couple of fresh ice cubes.
- I garnished with a slice of lime, orange zest, and a light drizzle of honey. Have fun with the garnishes and do what you like.
We named this drink Garden Gin because we know that someone, somewhere is lucky enough to have a garden that produces lavender, limes, oranges, and honey. We only wish it were us.