Hutch’s Happy Hour – Earl G ‘n’ Tea (a gin cocktail!)
Summers on the way and with restrictions starting to relax it’s looking more likely that we may actually be able to enjoy the sunshine with friends and family before it leaves us for another year.
With that in mind, I figured I’d share with you a gin cocktail I created last year which I feel should go down well for any sort of get together you may be planning for the end of lockdown. Whether that be hosting an afternoon tea, celebrating with a garden party, or a good old-fashioned barbecue with friends…you get the idea…this one is worth rustling up for it. And in the meantime, why not make it for yourself so you’re well-rehearsed for when you serve it up to friends and family. You could even use the time to work out your own little twists or use the recipe as inspiration for your own summer creation.
If you’ve been tuning in to our Happy Hour lives then you’ll already have heard a little about the Earl G ‘N’ Tea, and maybe even given it a try already. This is in fact one of my own creations which I came up with last year when we hosted a boozy afternoon tea. As the food wasn’t your traditional afternoon tea fare of cucumber sandwiches and Victoria sponge, I was keen to make some form of tea-based cocktail to keep the idea of it being an afternoon tea.
It started with the fact that we have an abundance of rosemary growing in our garden, which for those of you, like us, that aren’t blessed with the green fingers are really easy to keep alive. I’ll admit, our garden does at times get a little neglected and it is still growing strong! It made sense to use as an ingredient as I had plenty to experiment with. Next it was time to research tea element; as someone that doesn’t drink it, I had no idea so started with the few that I was aware of. Earl Grey immediately stood out due to the addition of bergamot oil, a citrus fruit which it’s said is likely a hybrid of a lemon and bitter orange. There I had it, two main ingredients to form the basis of my cocktail. With a little trial and error (more fun than it sounds when in the context of cocktail creating and research) I had the recipe nailed down.
Earl G ‘N’ Tea Ingredients
- 60ml gin [Hutch recommends – LoneWolf Gin]
- 120ml Rosemary infused Earl Grey tea
- 90ml Lemonade [Hutch recommends – Dalston’s Soda Co, Real Lemonade]
- 30ml Sugar syrup
Alcohol Free variation – for an alcohol-free version, simply replace the 60ml of gin with 90ml of your favourite alcohol free gin. We’ve tried and tested this recipe with GinISH which works a treat.
How to make an Earl G ‘N’ Tea Gin Cocktail
- Brew a cup of Earl Grey tea for 4-5mins. You may not need it all if only making one, but it’s best to brew a full cup of tea to ensure all the flavours in the next step balance.
- Once tea bag removed, drop in a 10-15cm sprig of rosemary and leave to infuse in the tea for an hour.
- Once infused and tea has cooled, add all the ingredients into a glass (or pitcher if making a large quantity); add plenty of ice and stir.
- Garnish with a sprig of rosemary for that added hit of rosemary scent when drinking.
If you’re planning on making a large quantity of this in one go, whether that’s for your next summer party or even just to have a jug in the fridge ready to go at any time, then I have a couple of tips for you that we’ve utilised in the past.
- There is a bit of prep required for this one, but the good news is that either the infused tea, or the entire cocktail can be made in advance and kept in the fridge (note – we haven’t made more than 24hrs in advance so cannot comment on how much longer than that it will keep for)
- With the rosemary infusion, you should add a sprig of rosemary for each cup of tea you brew.
- If making for a party, where you may have children or adults drinking alcohol free; mix everything except for the gin in a pitcher. To serve you simply add the gin or your chosen alcohol-free equivalent to the glass, pour over the tea mixture and stir.
As always, I like to encourage experimentation when making cocktails. The beauty of cocktails at home is that you can easily tweak recipes to your liking or to suit the ingredients you have in the cupboard; as, let’s face it, everyone’s tastes are different.
Just a reminder, if you do give any of our cocktail recipes a go, as per my recipe or even as inspiration for your own, we would love to see/hear about your creations.
Until next time, stay safe and keep those cocktails mixing!