This liquored luxury will have you sipping summer's rays away.
Sophisticated. Refreshing. Undeniably. You may have just found your new favorite tea cocktail.
Really though, it's just that good!
A friend who has bourgeoisie tastes in boozy drinks even said it was tasty and went back for round two. Or three... Or four. I would say that that is a testament to its flavor!
It takes a bit of preparation, but the results cannot be denied - they are wonderful. It's sweet to the taste, and the floral notes of the tea and lavender are smoothly hinted in the aftertaste. Earl Grey and lavender have been a dynamic pair in the past, but here we see the extent of their symbiotic flavors! Now you may have the perfect excuse to throw a tea- I mean cockta- I mean tea cocktail party!
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup + 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 tbsp of Organic Earl Grey
- 3 tbsp + 1 1/2 tbsp dried lavender flowers
- 2 shots vodka of choice (I used Crater Lake Vodka for this one) per drink
- 1/2 cup ice
- 1 tbsp lemon juice per drink (if using fresh squeezed, it equals about 1/2 a lemon per drink)
Earl Grey Lavender simple syrup:
1.) In a pan, combine water, 1 cup sugar, Organic Earl Grey, 3 tbsp dried lavender, and stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and let simmer for 5 minutes.
2.) Remove from heat and let steep until room temperature. Using a strainer, strain into a jar and refrigerate (mixture can be refrigerated up to two weeks).
Lavender rim sugar:
3.) In a blender or food processor, combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1 1/2 tbsp lavender and pulse until well blended. Store unused portion in an airtight container.
Earl Grey Lavender Vodka Cocktail:
4.) Pour a smidge of vodka onto a plate, and another smidge of lavender sugar on a separate plate. Dip the mouth of a glass into the vodka, and roll the edge in the lavender sugar to coat the mouth of the glass.
5.) Using a cocktail shaker, combine ice, vodka, 5 spoonfuls of the lavender simple syrup (per drink), and lemon juice, shaking well to mix. Strain into a glass, and garnish with a lemon wedge (maybe even a cocktail umbrella, too!)
Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy!
Just a sip of this suave mixture will definitely brighten your day; you just wait and see. As always, remember to drink responsibly!