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
- 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.
- 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.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Tea