Yes - you read it correctly! You can even enjoy your favourite tea as a cocktail....... what are you waiting for?
Tea has so many amazing flavours that it works perfectly in taking your cocktail to the next level.
Here are a few recipes to try something new - perfect for the summer months entertaining!
Some of the receipes need several hours pre-prep to bring out the flavour of the tea, so allow yourself the time to get ready for that special event!
You have GOT to try this little beauty out!
Prepare it in the morning ready for the evening!
Make sure you leave enough time to infuse the gin first - allow 8 hours.
I have several different EG to choose from.
You do this by adding 30g of Happy Leaf Earl Grey tea leaves into a 750 ml bottle of London Dry Gin...put the lid on and shake
Let sit at room temperature for at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours.
Strain the infused gin through a fine strainer/ filter into a separate container.
Rinse the bottle to remove loose tea
Pour the gin back into the clean bottle. Note - Can be stored indefinitely if refrigerated.
To make the cocktail -
1 1/2 ounces Happy Leaf Earl Grey tea-infused gin
3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 ounce simple syrup
1 egg white
Garnish: sugar rim
Garnish: lemon twist
1 - Add the tea-infused gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white into a shaker without ice
2 - Shake vigorously (at least 10 seconds).
3 -Add ice and shake again until well-chilled.
3 - Strain into the prepared glass.
4 - Garnish with a lemon twist.
Chamomile Vodka or Gin Cocktail
Here is another great recipe for a tea-infused cocktail for the weekend!
Make sure you leave enough time to infuse the vodka first - allow 12 hours.
You can use either gin or vodka....
First of all you infuse the alcohol with the tea for up to 12 hours - you could use a teapot or a mason jar.
Shake jar occasionally - leave for 12 hours
Strain it or remove the tea pyramids.
To make the cocktail -
4 ounces infused Chamomile vodka
2 ounces lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
2 tablespoons honey
Lemon slices (for garnish)
Pour into gorgeous cocktail glasses and enjoy!
Long Island Iced Tea
Did you know that the traditional Long Island Iced Tea does not actually contain tea?
Well, obviously I am going to change that!
Here is a fabulous recipe to try, using actual tea!
1 Shot of Triple Sec
1 Shot of White Rum
1 Shot of Tequila Blanco
4 Tablespoons of Simple Syrup
Juice from 1 Lemon & 1 Lime
Garnish with Sliced Lemons and Limes
To brew the tea, use 470ml of freshly boiled water and let the tea leaves steep for 3-5 minutes. Strain the leaves, and set aside to cool completely.
Into your cocktail shaker, add the triple sec, white rum, tequila blanco, simple syrup and juice.
Add the cooled black tea, slices of citrus and lots of ice.
Share with your friends or yourself ;-) Delicious!
These can be added to cocktails, G&T, V&T, Tonic Water or Lemonade. They take your drink to the next level.
Try infusing a bottle of gin or vodka with it....but keep rerigerated and it will keep indefinitely.
The longer you leave it to infuse the stronger the flavour. You can even use it twice for a top-up as the flavour develops with time - any excuse!
There are 8 pre-filled teabags with a minimum of 4g each.
You use 1 per glass. Leave it to infuse in your drink for as long as you can....ideally over 4 minnutes as the flavour develops over time.
So - what are you waiting for? I hope you enjoy your tea cocktail adventure. I would love to see your cocktail creations on Instagram @hellohappyleaf or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
You could always make your own up with another of my delicious teas! I can't wait to hear about them.