A Monthly Dose of G&T – Orange Flower White Tea

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A late bloomer in some life aspects, I only discovered the magic of gin and tonics a few years ago when moving to Bristol, England.
Love at first sip it was!
Having been in a bit of a manic tea shopping mode recently, AND discovering the quite amazing fact that one could put tea in a cocktail (I know!!!), it was only a matter of time that the experimentation began. Back in December I did a trial run with hibiscus, but not a 100% happy with the recipe yet, so that’ll have to wait for now. BUT this attractive bad girl is here to stay! Orange blossom, or flower, is a bit of an obsession of mine at the moment. This, however, doesn’t mean you can’t use ANY other flavoured white tea. I would make a suggestion to use one with a strong taste though as otherwise the herbal notes of gin and the bitterness of tonic will overpower the tea. Pop in to your local tea shop for inspiration and suggestions!

Ingredients per one glass:

4 cl gin of your choice
classic tonic water
2 tsp loose leaf (orange flower) white tea
50 ml hot water
fresh orange peel
ice cubes

The how to:

  • Put the tea leaves in a disposable tea filter bag and dip it in 50 ml of hot water.
    Due to the delicate nature of white tea, don’t use boiling water. Ideally the temperature should be between 70º-80ºC. Let it brew for at least half an hour.
  • Once the tea has become amber yellow in colour and cooled down to room temperature, fill your favourite high ball glass half way with ice cubes and pour in the tea.
  • Measure out 4 cl of gin and add it to the glass. Give it all a good stir using a cocktail spoon or a straw.
  • With a sharp fruit knife (or a peeler), cut a long strip of the orange peel, and gently twist it above the glass to squeeze out the oils. Then drop the peel in the glass if desired or use it to garnish the rim.
  • Top up the glass with tonic water and enjoy!

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