I love tea time. I’m not sure if this is healthy, but I’ve been drinking tea since I was like, 5. Tea time was and still is a really important tradition in my family. Not drinking tea after a meal was just unheard of. This tradition migrated to the U.S. with my parents in the 70’s, and boy am I glad it did! By the way, I’m not talking about the herbal stuff. I’m talking about black tea. Aromatic, strong, caffeinated black tea. Maybe that’s why I was always bouncing off the walls, driving my mom crazy. It was really entirely her fault. She shouldn’t have introduced me to this amazing stuff. 😉
We drank mostly Darjeeling or Assam black tea. In fact, I hadn’t had Earl Grey tea until I started going to coffee shops in Ann Arbor, Michigan, when I moved there for college. After the first taste citrusy goodness, I couldn’t get enough of Almond Earl Greys (3/4 of a glass full of Earl Grey Tea, the rest filled with steamed milk, and a shot of almond flavored syrup).
Now that I’m a grown up (that’s what they tell me), I can’t have tea 6 times a day. That’s because:
- I’m at work at least 8 hours out of the day, and they don’t allow tea pots in the office. Therefore, I can’t actually boil water at work which means I can’t make good black tea at work.
- I need sleep in order to get up at 7 AM. Caffeine is not good for sleep.
But since I’m a grown up, you know what I can have? Gin. And better yet, a cocktail made with one of my favorite teas and Gin.
So I’ll have one of these: a Royal Gin and Juice Cocktail. You might ask why I’m being a fancy pants and calling it “Royal”. And I might answer that it’s because it has a couple ingredients in it that became popular during British colonial times (gin and tea). The point is, I’m going to make this again on Friday after work to wind me down / give me a boost for the weekend!
- 2 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin
- Brewed and chilled Earl Grey Tea
- Juice of ¼ orange
- Simple syrup to taste (about 1 oz for a pretty sweet drink)
- Orange wedge
- Add gin, orange juice, and simple syrup to a tall glass.
- Top it off with tea (about ¾ of the way full) and stir until well combined.
- Fill the rest of the glass with ice.
- Serve with a couple slices of orange.
- In a shaker, ad 4-5 cubes of ice.
- Add gin, orange juice, simple syrup, and tea to the shaker.
- Shake until well blended, about 30 seconds.
- Serve in a tall glass full of ice, with a wedge of orange.