Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Earl Grey Infused Tanqueray Gin

I discovered Earl Grey infused gin after visiting the Pegu Club in New York where they make Audrey Saunders' Earl Grey MarTEAni. It's a lovely, subtle concoction, so I decided to make the infusion at home. This is really easy; I have made numerous vodka infusions that took far longer than this one.

I used Tanqueray Gin, but you can use whatever you have on hand - I always like Plymouth Gin for its clean, classic flavors. Pour 1 liter of gin over 1/4 cup of Earl Grey tea leaves in a glass jug and allow to steep at room temperature for 2 hours. Strain the resulting dark tea colored infusion and you have a delightful infused gin. If you like less of a gin flavor, use less tea leaves and steep for less time.

My first drink made with the infused gin was with tonic, a spritz of lemon, and garnished with a slice of lemon. This will be my calming, relaxing, delicious drink of the summer - what a wonderful change of pace from the classic.

1 comment:

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I like Tanqueray gin martinis and Ellie Mae has led me to believe that I can stay over if I have too many of them.