This Earl Grey Gin Cocktail is a delicious spin on afternoon tea. Earl Grey tea and lemon are always a great pairing, so I made this a simple, classic sour with Earl Grey tea-infused gin, lemon juice and floral bitters.
The backbone of this drink is Earl Grey infused gin made by Corgi Spirits. I highly recommend it if you can find it (as I write this, it's only available in parts of the US). If you can't find it, you can always infuse a different gin with tea, or try infusing your simple syrup.
Earl Grey tea is flavored with bergamot, which is a citrus fruit, so it naturally goes with other citrus. I think the flavor of lemon really pairs the best with it, but if you want to try out fresh orange juice, just cut back on the amount of simple syrup you use.
I wanted to give this simple drink a little more complexity, so I added some bitters. There are so many different styles of bitters around that it can get confusing, and so many times it is easier to just settle for Angostura!
But this time I thought these lavender-based floral bitters made by Strongwater would really complement the tea and citrus, and it worked really well. The lavender is not overpowering at all, but more of a secondary note.
Mixing the Cocktail
This cocktail is super easy to mix up. Just combine the gin, fresh squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup and bitters in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake about 15-20 times and then strain it into a cocktail glass.
Using a paring knife, cut a large piece of lemon peel. Twist it over top of the glass so that the lemon oils go across the top of the cocktail, and then use it to garnish.
Then just curl up on the sofa with a good book, and enjoy! Did you try this Earl Grey Gin cocktail? I'd love to know how you felt about it. Let me know in the comments!
Earl Grey Gin Cocktail
- Cocktail shaker and strainer
- Cocktail glass, 4 oz size (120 mL)
- Paring knife
- 2 oz Earl Grey Gin
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 1 oz simple syrup
- 3 dashes floral bitters
- 1 lemon peel for garnish
- Add the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and bitters to a cocktail shaker.
- Shake 15-20 times to chill and dilute the cocktail.
- Strain the cocktail into your cocktail glass.
- Using your paring knife, cut a large piece of lemon peel. Twist the peel over top of the cocktail and place it in the cocktail for garnish.
- If you can't get hold of the Earl Grey Gin, use a different gin and infuse it with a few packets of Earl Grey tea. You can infuse your simple syrup as well.
- You can make your own simple syrup with allulose instead of sugar for a low-sugar option.