Spike Up Your Afternoon With Some Gin Tea
Afternoon Gin Tea
Makes 1 Pot, Serves 2
Gin time and tea time are both entrenched British traditions, and the pair makes quite a heady cocktail. The British colonized much of Asia, and in the process, they brought over their traditions, including a proper English tea. This cocktail picks up both citrus and smoky notes from Lapsang Souchong, a black tea that originates from the Chinese province of Fujian and is made of Lapsang leaves that have been smoked over a pinewood fire. Gin, of course, has a lurid history as the bathtub spirit of choice during Prohibition, when the homemade brew was clandestinely served in teapots as part of the afternoon ritual. For parties, simply mull a big batch of this “tea” with Asian-forward herbs like star anise, black peppercorns, and Kaffir lime leaves. As a wink to tradition, pour the cocktail from a teapot into teacups - enjoy!
1 star anise pod
1 dried Kaffir lime leaf, crumbled
5 whole black peppercorns
¾ cup hot brewed Lapsang Souchong tea (from the tea bag)
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons honey
4 ounces (½ cup) Bombay Sapphire® East gin
Fill a small square of cheesecloth with the star anise, Kaffir lime leaf, and peppercorns; tie it closed with twine. In a teapot, combine the spice bag, hot Lapsang Souchong tea, ginger, and honey. Add the gin and stir. Serve immediately in teacups.