I am an Earl Grey tea devotee. I think it must be the bergamot, but I can’t get enough and go through pots of it when I’m working. This Earl Grey tea infused gin is a perfect combination of my two loves (I have recipes for raspberry and rhubarb infusions too).
For best results use loose leaf Earl grey tea (I used T2) and a decent London dry style gin.
How to Make Earl Grey Tea Infused Gin
500ml gin (I used Beefeater)
4 tbsp of loose leaf earl grey tea (I used T2 French Earl Grey)
Pour the gin into a jar and then stir in the loose leaf tea. Leave for 3-4 hours. I left this for just under 4 and was probably at the strong, flavour end of the spectrum.
Strain the earl grey tea infused gin into a bottle and discard the leaves.
So now you’ve made the gin, how best to serve it?
These are two of my favourite ways to use my Earl grey tea infused gin. A refreshing Collins style cocktail which as a Pimms flavour to it, and in Audrey Saunders Early Grey Martini.
Earl Grey Tea Infused Gin Collins
40ml Early Grey Tea Infused Gin
20ml simple syrup
20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice (strained)
Fever-tree Soda water
Dried rose petals to garnish (optional)
Add gin, simple syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice to a glass and stir together. Add 3 large chunks of ice. Pour over soda water and sprinkle with rose petal garnish. Enjoy!
Earl Grey Gin Martini
You can find the recipe for the Earl Grey gin martini here. Have you got any favourite gin infusions?
The Earl Grey Marteani from New York’s wonderful Pegu Club is an especially good option. I’ve had it there many times as well as made them myself, and it’s always a hit. Here’s how to make it: http://www.sfgate.com/wine/cocktailian/article/Steeped-in-fine-cocktail-lineage-this-drink-gets-2601230.php
Thanks for the link, looking forward to giving it a try!
Just got back from Rome and had the most amazing cocktail there. A tea mule. Tea gin, bitters, lime, ginger beer and fresh ginger is I think the recipe but it was gorgeous.
Nice twist on a Gin Gin Mule!
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