Monday, February 28, 2011

Sweet Tea Martini

After other infusion experiments, I decided to try infusing gin after hearing about a tea infused gin that a friend had in London. Earl Grey is my tea of choice, so I figured I'd start with that. With the tea, it doesn't take nearly as long to infuse as fruit and vodka, so over night is fine instead of weeks. The rest of the cocktail is fairly obvious - just using other ingredients that one would normally add to their sweet tea.
  • 4 oz Earl Grey Infused Gin (see below)
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 oz Limoncello
  • Splash of Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Wheel
Chill an up glass with crushed ice and water. Shake the ingredients with ice in a shaker until it sweats. Strain into the glass and garnish with a lemon wheel.
Earl Grey Infused Gin
  • Fresh Loose Leaf Earl Grey Tea
  • Gin
Create by steeping high quality loose leaf Earl Grey tea leaves in a bottle of gin overnight until the color is a deep nearly opaque brown. (At least 8 hours). I would use a lighter flavored gin such as Beefeater or Amsterdam. Strain through a coffee filter into a bottle.