Love tea? Love gin? Why not combine the two for the ultimate thirst quenching experience!
If there’s one drink we love almost as much as tea here at National Tea Day, it’s gin. And it seems we’re not alone. According to the Wine And Spirits Trade Association, 66 million bottles of gin were sold in the UK in the last recorded 12 months – a 41% rise from the year before.
So it comes as no surprise that we are celebrating World Gin Day on 8th June with a lovely cool G & Tea. Together with our gin loving partners at Teatulia and Sage, we’ve been hard at work in the Creativi-tea Kitchen to bring you the most fabulous G & Tea cocktails! Perfect for relaxing on a beautiful summer’s evening.
Here are three delightful G & Tea recipes. Get your mixology on, enjoy (responsibly) and let us know which is your favourite in the comments below.
Creamy G & Tea by National Tea Day
After many experiments (yes, we worked very hard…), this came out as our ultimate fave. Serves 4.
- 3 Roqberry Peppermint Cream tea bags
- 3 tspn Date Syrup
- 200ml Gin (we used Haymans Gin)
- Fever Tree Slimline Tonic
- Mint Leaves to garnish
Infuse 3 Roqberry Peppermint Cream tea bags in 200 mil of 80 degrees water for 30 minutes minutes and up to 12 hours. Remove tea bags and add date syrup and gin. Shake well and pour equal measures into 4 martini glasses with ice. Top up with tonic and garnish with mint leaves.
Gin-ger Snap by Teatulia
If you find yourself wandering around Covent Garden, London, drop by Teatulia’s beautiful Tea Bar. Not only can you sip on a single-origin loose leaf tea, like spicy Ginger or flowery Jasmine Green, but they have a range of delicious tea cocktails and mocktails. Here’s one you can try at home.
- 2 tspn Teatulia Organic Green Tea
- 50ml Gin
- 1cm Slice of Fresh Ginger Root
- 15ml Sugar Syrup
- 2 Drops of Orange Bitters
- 40ml Ginger Ale
- Fresh Basil Leaves
- Fresh Coriander Leaves
Finely chop ginger and brew it with 2 teaspoons of green tea in 40ml of hot water for 3 minutes. Strain into a medium-sized glass. Add crushed basil and coriander leaves and fill with ice. Add syrup, gin, Limoncello, and bitters. Stir well and top up with ginger ale. Finish with a thin slice of cucumber.
Sage G & Tea by Sage
Not only can the The Tea Maker by Sage brew up the perfect cup of tea, but it can also help to perfect your tea cocktails. At this year’s FesTeaVal The Sage team showed off their mixology skills with their G & Tea time experience! If you missed out on their fabulous tipple, here’s the recipe to try for yourself.
- 100ml sage and tangerine tea
- 50ml honey syrup
- 50ml gin (Sage used Campfire Gin)
Brew up sage and tangerine tea in The Tea Maker and leave to cool. To make honey syrup, bring equal parts honey and water to the boil. Then simmer and stir until the honey is dissolved and leave to cool. Mix the tea, honey syrup and gin together, stirring well. Serve with a sage leaf in a China tea cup.
nb. Sage used Organic Islands from Greece for the tea. Here in the UK, Indigo Herbs do a lovely Sage Loose Leaf.