earl grey and gin cocktail

I love a good cup of tea. I cart around a 20 ounce thermos of tea all year round, and fill it up multiple times a day. It might be too much. I’m not terribly picky about what kind of tea… give me gas-station english breakfast or fancy-schmancy herbal blends. One of my go-to morning choices is any type of earl grey – plain jane, lavender, or whatever weird concoction Tazo thinks of next. Andrew thinks that it tastes like fruit loops, but that fits right on into the morning theme, so I think it’s okay.

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But! We can’t relegate poor earl grey to live only in mornings! What if it wants to get out about town, meet up with some friends, and grab a drink? Without smashing this joke over and over again…this is what happens when earl grey grabs a drink.

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It gets all mixed up with some sugar, and cooked down to form a simple syrup. It jams along with some freshly squeezed lemon juice, some gin, and some club soda. It has a ball.

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This is too easy not to make, and it’s something that you can impress your friends with. Feel free to infuse all sorts of stuff in simple syrup to make cocktails with….I want to try with plain black tea, but I’m also tempted by grapefruits.

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earl grey and gin cocktail

1 1/2 ounce gin
1 1/2 ounce earl grey simple syrup (recipe follows)
3/4 ounce lemon juice
Club soda, to top

Fill glass with ice and top with gin, simple syrup and lemon juice. Stir around with a spoon or something to combine. Top with club soda, swirl, and enjoy! Feel free to mess around with proportions – you’re making your own drink, after all.

earl grey simple syrup

4 earl grey tea bags
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar

Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Once the sugar is melted and the mixture is bubbling, add the tea bags and step for 10 minutes (taste to tell if you want to go more!). Strain and let cool completely. Store the rest in a jar in the fridge.

grapefruit and homemade grenadine cocktail

IMG_6482I’ve liked grenadine, even when it is toxically red, made from mostly corn syrup, and only used to add some punchy color to drinks. You didn’t even have to try hard to convince me on it – I was all in.

Until I met the OG grenadine. It’s like normal grenadine – but actually good. I know – I know, hard to believe. Plus, it’s easy as pie. Pomegranate juice, heated with sugar and stirred until slightly thick, plus a squeeze of a lemon. Too easy to do anything else ever again.

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I promise, you will be converted. Side note: your friends will be mighty impressed. You’re the ruler of cocktail land, as far as they’re concerned.

Add freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and a generous hit of vodka and we’re seriously in summer business! Dangerously drinkable.

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grapefruit and grenadine cocktail:
2 ounces vodka (be classy with the choice here, but realistically, you won’t taste it that much)
Juice from ½ a grapefruit
1 Tbs grenadine (recipe follows)

Fill glass with ice. Pour vodka over ice, and top with grapefruit juice. Pour the grenadine over a spoon to funnel it right to the bottom. Or, drizzle all over. Dealer’s choice.

homemade grenadine
recipe adapted from joy the baker

1 cup pomegranate juice (make sure to get the unsweetened kind!)
¼ cup granulated sugar
Juice of ½ lemon

Combine pomegranate juice and sugar in a medium saucepan. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Cook until it gets a little bit thick, which probably takes around ten minutes. Take your mixture off the heat, add lemon juice, and cool. Keep in the refrigerator.