Tea cocktails are becoming increasingly popular, there are dozens of variations of classic cocktails made with tea infusions and iced tea mixers. We decided to have a day of cocktail making to see what all the fuss was about.
Here’s what we made…
Green Tea Cooler
- 4 Teaspoons Gun Powder Green Loose Leaf Tea
- 2 Cup boiling water
- 1 Cups London Dry Gin
- Juice of 1 Lime
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- (Simple Syrup to sweeten if required)
Steep the Gun Powder Green tea in the boiling water for 3 minutes, then set aside to cool.
Pour the gin, lime and lemon juice in a pitcher of ice. Pour in the cooled green tea and stir well. Add simple syrup to sweeten if preferred. Serve in a tall glass with a wedge of lime.
Verdict – A grown-up citrus and smoky tea cooler. Picture-perfect to sip while enjoying civilised conversations.
Organic Red Berry Tea Margarita
To make the tea base add 4 Teaspoons Organic Red Berry Tea to 2 Cups boiling water and leave to steep for 30 minutes.
- ½ Cup of pre-made tea
- Juice of 1 Lime
- 2 Ounces Silver Tequila
- 1 Tablespoon Simple Syrup
Add pre-made tea, lime juice, simple syrup and tequila to a cocktail shaker and shake energetically to combine. Pour into 2 tall glasses with extra ice and serve.
Verdict – Fruity and light, this is a thirst-quenching and refreshing summer champion. Great for daytime drinks in the sunshine.
Earl Grey Infused Old Fashioned
- 1 Cup of Whiskey (I used Gentleman Jack)
- 1 Earl Grey Pyramid Tea Bag
- 2 Ounces Infused Whiskey
- ½ Ounces Simple Syrup
- 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
- 2 Dashes Orange Bitters
Place the tea bag and whiskey in a sealed airtight container to infuse. I left mine for 48 hours but 24 was in the original recipe.
Pour the infused whiskey, bitters and simple syrup into a tumbler and stir well. Add one large ice cube. Garnish with a slice of orange peel.
Verdict – Perfect any time of day or evening. A warming, zesty and drinkable twist on a classic.
We now know why so many people are raving about tea cocktails!
They make the perfect summer drink and offer a delicious alternative to sugary or fizzy mixers.
Using a high-quality tea or tisane as the foundation for a cocktail provides flavour and colour to create countless drink combinations. You have total control over the strength and potency of these thirst-quenchers. It really is worth experimenting.
I made a simple alcohol-free cocktail with Prickly Pear and Kiwi tea*, lime juice and simple syrup, shaken in a cocktail shaker and served over ice with a wedge of lime.
This was for my two nephews, aged 9 and 11. They enjoyed the virgin cocktails just as much as the adults enjoyed the fully-loaded versions.
Making the cocktails was simple and provided a sense of occasion to a sunny Saturday. I can recommend a day of tea without the sympathy, invite some friends or family and shake things up!
Try them for yourself and let us know how you get on.
*Prickly pear and Kiwi tea coming soon to the online store.