09 February 2011

Drunken Tea Time

On Sunday afternoon, the household wasn't gearing up for the Super Bowl, but we were having roommate tea time. And to make things more interesting, we made it a spiked tea. Joe looked up various gin and tea-based drinks, and came up with a combination that was quite popular all around.

Gin and Tea Punch:
10 oz. gin (Beefeater in our case)
10 to 12 oz. strongly brewed Earl Grey tea
6 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar (or a bit less, to taste)
1/2 oz. orange bitters
1 oz. Cointreau
lemon slices

Here is a helpful diagram of the components (the last is sugar, if you couldn't tell - for which I wouldn't blame you).

Melt the sugar in the tea in a sauce pan (preferably with an enameled interior), stirring regularly over medium heat. Add in other liquids and heat, but do not let boil. Serve in tea cups, with a lemon slice. Makes 4 to 5 servings.

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