Tea and gin are a fantastic combination whether it’s as a base for a punch, a nip in your favourite fruit tea or a swanky martini.
I’ve experimented with Earl Grey tea and Rose tea infused gins with great results, but I was inspired to use Sencha tea when I discovered during my visit to the Beefeater Distillery, that it is one of the botanicals used to make Beefeater 24.
Sencha refers to ryokucha the most popular tea in Japan and is used for tea ceremonies. Like most green teas it has a grassy, herbal flavour. Being light and fresh it makes a good canvas for gin cocktails.
I’ve picked three Sencha Tea and Gin cocktails that I think are perfect flavour combinations.
E-Sencha-Ll (by Dan Warner)
45ml Beefeater 24 gin
45ml chilled Sencha tea
Stir ingredients together over ice and pour into a glass of your choice and garnish with grapefruit peel
Almond Iced Tea (Dan Warner)
50ml Beefeater 24
80ml chilled Sencha tea
22ml Orgeat Syrup
7ml Sugar Syrup
7ml freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Stir together over ice and pour into a Collins glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel and some thyme.
60ml Beefeater 24 or Plymouth Gin
45ml Chilled sweetened Sencha tea
22ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
one large egg white.
Dry shake (without ice) all the ingredients for a minute or so until you have a nice frothy mixture in your shaker. Add some ice and shake for a few seconds more until the drink is nicely chilled.
Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a small piece of lemon peel.