Tea infused cocktails have been some of my favorite things to play around with in the past year. I’ve used everything from matcha green tea to coconut vanilla tea and have found them all to work beautifully when mixed with spirits. Keeping all this in mind, I decided to add a bag of earl grey tea to a cup of gin. The result? This fabulous earl grey gin cocktail.
At it’s core, this earl grey gin cocktail is really a variation of the Bee’s Knees. I infused the gin with earl grey tea, swapped the honey syrup for lavender simple syrup and added an egg white. There are countless other variations you could do with this classic cocktail, for example you could try this cucumber gin cocktail with fennel honey. I think that’s the reason why it’s one of my favorites. It’s so simple and so easy to tweak.
For the lavender simple syrup in the drink, I used Ash Apothecary’s Lavender Bud Syrup. Yes, you could make your own. Yes, you could also make lavender honey syrup. I decided not to because I had this on hand and really wanted to try it in a cocktail before the kids used it all in their kid drinks.
- 1 egg white
- 2 ounces earl grey tea infused gin**
- ¾ ounce lavender simple syrup
- ¾ ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Lavender sprig for garnish
- Add all ingredients except garnish to a cocktail shaker and shake without ice.
- Open shaker, fill with ice and shake again.
- Double strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a lavender flower.
- **To make the earl grey tea infused gin:
- Combine 1 earl grey tea bag with 2 cups gin and let sit for 2 hours. Strain into a glass bottle and use as desired. (I used Tazo tea and Seagram's Gin for infusing).
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