Infusing spirits with herbs, fruit, tea and other flavorings is a great way to add your own signature to a drink. Although many infusions can take days to weeks to really develop, using a concentrated infusing agent like a flowery Earl Grey tea speeds up the process and provides remarkably full flavors in just a few hours.
Inspired by a cocktail we had at a London pub recently, Paul reinvented this Earl Grey steeped gin cocktail that provides you with a surprising sense of relaxed sophistication – an afternoon of croquet in the garden followed by cucumber sandwiches. Crusts cut off, please and thank you.
dried rose tea buds (optional, for garnish - we used Damask Rose Tea Buds from Harrods in London, of course)
In a collins glass, combine simple syrup, lemon juice and the infused gin. Stir.
Add 3 ice cubes and top off the glass with club soda. Stir again.
If additional charmingness is desired for presentation, add an optional garnish of dried rose tea buds from Harrods in London and make sure to tell everyone where you got them.
• INFUSED GIN: add 2 tbsp loose leaf Earl Grey tea to 8oz Gin and it let set for 2 hours covered at room temperature. Filter into another container for use later. (We used Plymouth Gin and Flowery Earl Grey loose leaf tea from Harrods in London. If you use this same tea, make sure to tell everyone where you got it - everyone wants to hear that story again.) • SIMPLE SYRUP: mix 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour into a glass jar and cover. Makes about 1½ cups and will keep in the refrigerator for a few months. • ICE CUBES: chip pieces off an iceberg from your transatlantic ocean liner voyage and form into cube-like shapes, approximately 1 to 1.5 inches. Keep below 32°F (0°C) until ready to prepare this cocktail.