To mark Mother’s Day this coming Sunday I have decided to dedicate this blog post to my mother’s two most loved beverages, Gin & Tea. Although, some may consider this a somewhat bizarre concoction, a clear trend is brewing for ‘Gin & Tea Cocktails’.
The Beefeater24 competition gave bartenders around the world the chance to put their creative talents to the test. Innovative Gin & Tea cocktails were produced using a vast array of teas ranging from delicate varieties such as Lavender and Camomile to the deep malty taste of Assam and the curious and fruity Pink Flamingo Tea. Nathan O’Neill of The Merchant Hotel bar in Belfast produced the winning cocktail using a mixture 3 teas, absinthe infused with lapsang souchong tea, green tea and sencha tea syrup finished with aquavit, orgeat and lemon juice. Not only is he a proud member of the Beefeater hall of fame but also won an all-expenses paid trip to Japan where he will experience Japanese bartender culture and try their vast array of teas.
Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal also made his mark last year by combining Earl Grey and lemon Gin manufactured at the Chase Distillery. Uniquely Chase use handpicked organic cider apples producing a sweet and fruity taste to their Gin. Heston’s combines this with juniper, almond, coriander, lavender, angelica and lemon. The end result is a flavour filled Gin with notes of bergamot and a clean zesty finish. But rather than prowling the shelves of Waitrose for Blumenthal’s invention. I have been slaving away hard at work in the kitchen, brewing, slicing and mixing to create 31Dover’s very own Mother’s Day Gin & Tea Cocktail.
- 1 Peppermint tea bag
- 1 measure Elderflower cordial
- 1 measure freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 measures Tanqueray Gin
- 3/4 measure sugar syrup (sugar 2:1 water)
- Boston Shaker set
- Mint and lime leave to garnish
How to serve it:
- Take peppermint tea bag, add hot water and let it brew.
- In a mixing glass, add the Gin, elderflower cordial, sugar syrup and lime juice. Then add two measures of the tea.
- Add plenty of ice and shake well or stir if you prefer. If stirring make sure the tea has chance to cool
- Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice and garnish with mint and a slice of lime.
This drink has a truly sweet and refreshing taste with a tang of lime, perfect for the warming weather and a drink that any mother would enjoy.