On her recent visit, over a Ginger Romance or two, my friend told me about a cocktail that she had tried which was made using gin infused with Earl Grey tea. Well this sounded like a wonderful idea and the perfect Colonial Cravings cocktail. What could be more British than tea and gin?

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I don’t actually know what went into her cocktail but I’ve kept mine pretty simple, basically making it the way that I would make a cup of Earl Grey tea, with lemon to compliment the bergamot and a little sugar to sweeten it.
I’m hoping that I’ll be able to persuade her to take me for one of the original cocktails when I go home for Christmas…

Ingredients
makes two

100ml gin (I used Bombay Sapphire)
1 tsp loose leaf Earl Grey tea
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp simple syrup

lemon zest/rind to garnish

Stir together the gin and tea leaves and allow to ‘brew’ for about two hours.
Pour the gin through a tea strainer and mix with the lemon juice, simple syrup and ice. Strain into two glasses and garnish with curls of lemon rind.

Earl grey gin