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.
If you like this drink, another gin-based simple cocktail you can try is the Lillet Gin Cocktail, which uses Lillet Rose to give a hint of wine flavor. I also highly recommend this Gin and Violet cocktail, which has a more floral taste.
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 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 glass, 4 oz size (120 mL)
- Paring knife
- Add the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and bitters to a cocktail shaker.2 oz Earl Grey Gin, 1 oz lemon juice, 1 oz simple syrup, 3 dashes lavender bitters
- Fill the shaker with ice, and 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.1 lemon peel
- If you can't get your hands on Corgi's Earl Grey Gin, you can infuse your own. Just add some ginto a clean mason jar and add a few bags of Earl Grey tea. Make sure the gin is covering the tea bags. Leave it for at least an hour, or overnight (the longer you leave it, the stronger it will be). Then just take out the tea bags and use your infused gin!
- If you're making your own simple syrup, you can infuse that as well by adding tea bags when it begins to boil.
- You can make your own simple syrup with allulose instead of sugar for a low-sugar option.