I LOVE iced tea! It’s one of the things that makes me super happy on a hot day. You know, aside from wine. But sometimes you just want a bit of a change. A few weeks ago, I decided to create a tea cocktail recipe and add a little gin. It was just what the doctor ordered. I love the herbal notes in gin which, of course, went perfectly with the black tea. I really think you’re going to love this refreshing cocktail idea. Years and years ago I started a personal blog. I didn’t really know what I was going to share on there but just thought I’d see where it would go. Turns out, I had a mild obsession with the black tea served at my local coffee place. The blog chronicled how I tried to get the brew down so I could save money and make it at home. I never was able to copy it exactly. But it made me realize just how much I enjoy black tea and all the different flavor profiles that can come with it. I was turned on to the Loose Leaf Club and loved the idea that you could try out different teas that are delivered right to your door each month. I chose the Dibrugarh Orthodox Assam for this cocktail. The tea samples came with a silicone tea infuser as well as directions for brewing the tea for maximum flavor. I can’t wait to try out a few of these other teas once our temperatures start to dip a little. (I love a good cup of tea on a cool afternoon!).
This black tea was fragrant with notes of citrus and rose. It was a bit sharp which I don’t mind at all. I don’t use sugar in my tea and have learned that I enjoy things that fall on the bitter side, although this was more balanced than bitter. I simply brewed this tea, following the directions, then allowed it to cool before making the cocktail.
Fresh grapefruit is super refreshing in cocktails so I decided to see how it played with the tea and gin.
I added my ingredients to a cocktail shaker, added ice, then shook away. As sometimes happens in creating cocktails, there was something missing. The grapefruit added to the bitterness but didn’t add the acid that I had hoped. This left the flavor a little bit dull. I grabbed my ginger syrup and some lemon and added them to the cocktail. And it worked like a charm. The ginger added a little body to the drink and the lemon rounded everything out really nicely. I’ll be making this again! And if you are in the habit of making a large batch of iced tea at one time, this tea cocktail recipe will be even faster to make.
- 6 oz tea (fresh brewed black tea, then cooled completely)
- 1 oz Gin
- 1 oz. fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
- 1 tsp. ginger syrup
- 1 quarter lemon, squeezed
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
- Add ice and shake well!
- Pour over fresh ice and garnish with lemon.
If you are a tea lover, I encourage you to check out the Loose Leaf Club! Each tea comes with tasting notes! I’ll be winding down with a glass of Chill-Ax tonight (tart hibiscus petals with a touch of licorice root and peppermint. It’s caffeine free and is great hot or iced!)
I was sent some samples of Loose Leaf Club Tea to create this blog post!
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