Friday, January 27, 2012

pink tea

2/3 jigger Dry Gin (1 oz Martin Miller Westbourne)
1/2 jigger Orange Pekoe Tea (3/4 oz Oolong)
3 dash Grenadine (1/4 oz)
3 dash Lemon Juice (1/4 oz)

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. I added a lemon twist.

After the Toulouse-Lautrec, I decided to make the Pink Tea recipe I found in Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars: 1903-1933. The drink stood out as most recipes during this time period, other than Punches and Hot Toddies, did not call for tea. Since the name Pink Tea caused me think of Pink Gin, the nautical implications of that drink made me reach for the Martin Miller Westbourne Strength Gin. The tea and lemon juice ingredients also reminded me of another sea-themed drink, the Lioness of Brittany, that we created for a Grand Marnier event two years ago.
The Pink Tea began with a lemon oil aroma that led into a lemon sip that contained a hint of grenadine. The tea notes dominated the first few swallows including a dry tannin finish. After a few sips, the swallow began to reveal the juniper and other gin botanicals as well. Overall, the Pink Tea tasted like iced tea with lemon for the gin rather lurked in the background.

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