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the teapigs cocktail

Posted by Lauren on 5th July 2016

the teapigs cocktail

As much as we love a good cuppa, we are more than aware that sometimes you just need something a little bit stronger. That’s why it is with great pleasure we can unveil some of our favorite tea-based cocktails..because let’s face it, the only thing that can elevate tea to even greater heights, is the addition of our good pal, booze.

One of our favorite recipes has to be the Sipsmith sundowner - conjured up by the lovely guys at Sipsmith over in the UK, using – yep, you’ve guessed it – our very own super fruit tea temple!

Sipsmith sundowner

just under 1.5 fl oz Sipsmith London Dry Gin

5 tsp super fruit tea syrup

2 lemon wedges

2 orange wedges

1 grapefruit wedge

For the super fruit tea syrup

2 cups water

2.5 cups sugar

super fruit tea temples

How to make:

  1. First make the tea syrup. Combine the water and sugar in a pan. Simmer and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and add 3 super fruit tea temples. Let the liquid rest until it has reached room temperature (about 30 mins). Then, remove the tea temples and transfer to a bottle and keep in the fridge til you’re ready to use it 
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Squeeze the orange and lemon wedges in to it. Squeeze the grapefruit wedge in to it too and drop it in to the shaker. Add the gin and tea syrup. Shake well. Strain in to a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an orange twist or zest.

 Not a fan of gin? Fear not – take a look at some of our other favorite recipes which combine the fabulous worlds of tea and booze!

Matcha martini

1/2 teaspoon matcha powder

2 teaspoons cane sugar (or light agave syrup)

1/3 cup vodka

splash apple juice

How to make:

  1. Whisk matcha and agave in to a little vodka
  2. Pour into a shaker full of ice, add the remaining vodka and the apple juice and shake shake shake
  3. If you want to get fancy - rim a martini glass with sugar, pour in the cocktail and decorate with lemon or mint. If it's too strong, add a little sparkling or soda water´╗┐.

 Chamomile Fizz

 Ingredients

just under 1 tbsp teapigs Chamomile Tea Syrup

1 tbsp Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka

Cold Sparkling Wine / Champagne

Glass: Flute

Garnish: Lemon Twist and chamomile flower.

How to make:

Shake syrup and Vodka, double strain, top with sparkling wine/ champagne

 It's fresh, floral and tastes of summer. Great aperitif style drink that is elegant and light.

Mint and Matcha

Ingredients

2.5 tbsp Tanqueray Gin                   

4 tsp pressed apple juice

4 tsp fresh lemon juice

2.5 tsp Sugar syrup

¼ teaspoon teapigs matcha

8 mint leaves

Top with Soda

Glass: Sling Glass

Garnish: Apple Fan, mint sprig and a matcha dusting

How to make:  

Add Gin, lemon, apple juice and sugar syrup to mixing glass. Add tea and slap mint leaves and drop in. Shake hard with cubed ice for 4 seconds and strain into an ice filled sling glass. Top with a little soda.

Herbal, zesty and punchy gin married with deep intense green tea pungency of matcha tea all rounded off with cooling mint and apple and a lick of citrus. The ultimate summer tonic style drink. It’s clean, cooling and fresh with all the goodness of matcha green tea as well.

Early Times

just under 3 tbsp Grey Goose Citron Vodka

½ ripe peach

1 tbsp sugar syrup

4 tsp lemon juice

3 tbsp very strong cold teapigs earl grey tea

4 tsp cranberry juice

1 slice of orange

Glass: Sling Glass

Garnish: Peach slice, zest of lemon and orange

How to make: Add peach to mixing glass and muddle. Next pour in Vodka, lemon juice, cranberry juice, sugar syrup and tea to mixing glass. Add orange slice and fill with ice. Shake hard with ice for 4 seconds and strain into an ice filled sling glass.

This drink is tall, cool, light and slightly tannic. It’s a great combination of silky sweet peach and dry cranberry with all the citrus and bergamot of the tea bursting through.

And Voila - there you have it, some fab cocktails to keep you going through all those long summer nights! The great thing about teapigs cocktails is they are completely adaptable to your own taste – have a read of our fave iced tea recipes, and if any take your fancy, you can always add a splash of your favorite tipple!

We’re encouraging people to get creative with their tea this summer – so mix it up, try something new, and most importantly, let us know how you get on via twitterfacebook and instagram with the hashtag #summertimetea as we’d love to see your creations!

Fancy some more summer tea ideas? Check out our real iced tea and teashake recipes!