Today mother dearest and I wanted a cup of tea, as we always do, but we wanted a cup of tea with a twist this time. And so, with a little thought, the Earl of Bombay was born, supped, and enjoyed thoroughly in this sudden summer heat England is experiencing. I don't know if this 'cocktail' actually does exist and I've just renamed it, but I was pretty proud of how it came out. It's a refreshing, alcoholic iced tea with a hint of rosemary to compliment the gin.
For one beverage, you shall need...
- 150ml of chilled, weak Earl Grey tea (make as normal and then chill rather than using cold water straight away)
- 50ml Bombay Sapphire gin (personally I don't think any other off-the-shelf gin would really work, possibly Hendricks...)
- 3 round slices of lemon (two for the prep, one for the garnish)
- 1 sprig of rosemary (take the leafy things off of the stem)
- 1 stem of rosemary (for the garnish)
- Ice cubes
- A pretty glass or tea cup to serve
- A mesh sieve to strain the drink
It doesn't take that long to make an Earl of Bombay, as long as your tea is chilled before hand...
- Whilst the Earl Grey is chilling add two slices of lemon to infuse into the drink
- Put the sprig of rosemary into a cocktail shaker (or a large tumbler if you don't have a cocktail shaker) with some ice and 'muddle' them all together (I used the end of a wooden spoon) for around ten seconds, or until the ice begins to melt into the rosemary.
- Add the gin, and stir into the rosemary.
- Pour all of the iced Earl Grey and the lemon into the gin concoction and stir once more
- Strain through the sieve into the iced up glass/tea cup/vessel that you shall sup from and garnish with a round of lemon and a stem of rosemary.