Earl Grey Vodkatini

By • February 11, 2013 16 Comments

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Author Notes: I drink tea, a lot, maybe not as much as coffee but I do love a good cup of tea and Earl Grey is one of my favorites, the perfumed tea leaves are heavenly. I watched Downton Abbey last night and one thing you see frequently is the cast enjoying a drink, usually it's either a cup of tea or an alcoholic beverage so I thought why not combine the two. I added 2 tsp of good loose Earl Grey tea to some vodka, let it sit at least 2 hours or overnight. So now I wondered how I would incorporate into a cocktail. I can't call this a martini, because it's not, so I thought a little citrus in the tea infused vodka might be nice. It really is. Serve very cold, Shaken not stirred with a twist of lemon or lime and watch the final episode of Downton next weekend and enjoy a Earl Grey Vodkatini, sigh....

Makes 1 or 2

  • 8 ounces vodka
  • 2 teaspoons heaping tsp loose earl grey tea
  • Make the drink
  • 4 ounces earl grey infused vodka
  • 1 tablespoon cointreau
  • orange or lemon peel to garnish
  • cocktail shaker and ice
  1. Place vodka and tea in lidded container, give it a good shake and let sit at least 2 hours at room temperature or preferably overnight in the refrigerator. Strain tea leaves before using.
  2. Put ice in cocktail shaker add vodka and cointreau, shake and strain into martini glass, garnish with orange or lemon twist. Note: give the lemon or orange twist a squeeze to release the oils before putting in drink.

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