The classic gimlet cocktail gets a delicious twist with the addition of Steep Echo’s flavorful tea!
This refreshing Herbal Tea Gimlet Cocktail recipe is quick and easy to make and has a unique, soothing flavor that you’re going to love!
Using a strong batch of steeped tea is a tasty way to add a variety of flavors without adding extra ingredients.
If a gin and tea cocktail sounds good to you, add this to your list of must-make easy cocktails.
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I LOVE iced tea! It’s one of the things that makes me super happy on a hot day. You know, aside from wine.
And a great hot cup of tea is always right on a cool afternoon. I recently tried a new-to-me brand of teas and I was blown away.
I’ve been exploring more gin cocktails lately and this easy recipe for a gin and tea cocktails sounded like it would be super refreshing. And I was not wrong.
What type of herbal tea
Steep Echo teas are made from olive leaves and are mixed with a variety of flavors to make 5 refreshing and well-thought-out blends.
The leaves are sourced from the family-owned, certified organic Bel Lavoro Orchard based in Santa Barbara and are organic and hand-harvested.
Mixed with other natural botanicals, the nutrient compounds promote optimal cardio vascular health and help to boost your immune system.
The teas are herbal, caffeine-free and each has a unique flavor profile that has been expertly created for the family. The smells are intoxicating!
What alcohol goes well with tea
A gin and tea cocktail works well because they both have amazing herbal flavors.
Gin is a distilled liquor, with heavy notes of juniper berry, that is often used in simple cocktails.
There are a number of gin varieties to choose from. I reached out to my friend Sarah Mock, of Savoring the Good, to get her recommendations since I know she loves gin cocktails.
She suggests Beefeater for a ‘regular gin’ and Tanqueray for a gin with a little more of a cucumber note in the botanicals. Check out her Gimlet Cocktail Recipe to see how she uses gin in a super simple recipe.
How do you use tea in cocktails
There are a number of ways that you can add tea flavor into your cocktails.
- You can make a tea simple syrup, which will sweeten it up at the same time.
- You can infuse gin, directly, with the loose tea leaves.
- You can make a concentrate.
- You can use the tea as brewed for a typical cup for a subtle flavor.
- You can make iced tea and then add it to your drink which is what I did here by making the tea a little bit stronger than usual.
How to make a Tea Gimlet
Steep Echo’s Bloom tea blend really makes this cocktail special. With it’s immune-boosting blend of natural herbs and savory botanicals, it provides a unique flavor that you are going to crave.
Along with the tea (which has been brewed extra stong), you’ll need your favorite gin, some fresh lime juice, and a little bit of sweetner.
In a pinch, you could substitute the lime juice and sweetener with Rose’s Lime Juice. But I much prefer the punch of the fresh lime.
I prefer to use a store-bought simple syrup to keep things super easy. Or you can make your own quick cheater simple syrup for one cocktail.
I also added some fresh thyme leaves since I will look for any excuse to add fresh herbs to a drink. It’s SO good!
The hardest part of this cocktail recipe is steeping the tea. Which isn’t hard at all.
Since you want a nice bold flavor, make sure you give yourself enough time to let the tea steep in just-boiled water for at least an hour.
Plus you want it to be chilled for optimal gimlet results.
To a cocktail shaker, add 2 ounces of gin.
Add 2 ounces of the extra strong Bloom tea.
Add 1/2 ounce of fresh lime juice. (Feel free to modify this amount based on your personal preference).
Add the simple syrup. Again, do this to taste. I always start on the smaller side and only add enough to get the flavors to taste balanced without being too sweet.
Add fresh thyme leaves from a sprig or two.
The easiest way to remove the leaves from the stem is to hold the stem so the leaves are pointing up (attached to the stalk at the bottom with the leaves pointing upwards).
Then hold the stalk, near the top with your left hand, and pinch the stalk between your thumb and pointer finger of the other hand. Slide your right hand down the stalk, striping off the leaves as you go.
That sounds much harder than it is. If you just can’t figure that out, you can absolutely drop the whole stalk in as the cocktail shaker will strain it out when you pour into your cocktail glass.
To get the most thyme flavor, use a muddler to gently bruise the leaves so the oils mix with the other liquids in the cocktail shaker.
I like to add the ice at the very end so that it has the least possible chance to melt and dilute the tea and gin cocktail ingredients.
Shake it really well. The outside of your cocktail shaker will get nice and frosty.
Strain the tea cocktail into a short glass over fresh ice. Add another sprig or two of thyme as a garnish.
The first sip will really bring you to attention. The Bloom blend, with peppermint, echinacea root, licorice root, rosemary and cranberry are not flavors you typcially find in cocktails.
But this Herbal Tea Cocktail is SO refreshing. That herbal flavor is sensational and the fresh lime complements everything perfectly.
If you are a tea lover, I encourage you to check out the Steep Echo teas!
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Are you a tea lover? You may also like these posts:
- Sangria with Iced Tea is a fun twist on the classic summer sangria. You still use your favorite white wine and fruit but the black tea really adds to the flavor and refreshment level.
- Make Spiked Ice Tea with Vodka! It’s a quick way to level up your glass of iced tea. Don’t skip the lemon.
- I make this Shaken Basil Iced Tea on really hot days. The basil and black tea pair so well!
- Need something a little more cozy? Make Hot Green Tea and Vodka. It’s super simple but is perfect for a cold evening on the couch.
- 2 oz. gin
- 2 oz. extra-strong Steep Echo Bloom tea
- 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
- 1/2 oz. simple syrup
- 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish
To make extra-strong tea
- Pour 6 ounces of freshly boiled water over 2 tea sachets and allow to steep for at least 10 minutes (or several hours).
- Should be cool to use in the recipe.
To make the Tea Gimlet
- Put gin, tea, fresh lime juice, simple syrup and fresh thyme leaves in a cocktail shaker.
- Gently muddle for more thyme flavor.
- Add ice then shake well.
- Strain the aromatic cocktail into a short cocktail glass over fresh ice and garnish with a spring or two of fresh thyme.
You can substitute Rose's Lime Juice for the fresh lime juice and sweetener if you don't have fresh limes available.
Add the ice to the cocktail shaker at the very end to dilute the other ingredients as little as possible.
Amount Per Serving Calories 161Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 0gSugar 7gProtein 0g
Nutrition information isn't always accurate.
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