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:
(based on David Kiley's Bloomsbury 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
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.