Tea Recipes

Darjeeling Gin Mash

Darjeeling Gin Mash

Photo Credit: Cynthia Dea / KCET

Infusing spirits with tea is a fun way to experiment and come up with your own unique concoctions. The lighter the spirit, the more easily the tea flavor will shine through and add a layer of depth to your favorite cocktail. For this cocktail, we infuse Darjeeling -  a unique black tea from the Darjeeling region of India that is known as the "champagne of tea" - into gin (you can also use vodka if you prefer) and combine with fresh blackberries and mint - a beautiful and delicious mashup!

Darjeeling Gin Mash

Makes 1 glass // Prep Time: 2 hours 10 min // Active Time: 10 minutes


  • Harney & Sons Darjeeling sachet
  • 2 cups gin
  • 1.5 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1.5 tbsp wildflower honey
  • 5 blackberries
  • pinch of mint
  • 1 oz fresh blueberry juice
  • Ice for serving
  • Lemon wedges or rounds for garnish


To infuse gin: Combine 2 ounces of gin for every teaspoon of darjeeling tea (or one teabag) in a sealable glass jar and shake. Allow to sit for two hours, away from direct sunlight. Strain liquid through cheesecloth.

For syrup: In a saucepan, simmer 3 parts honey with one part water. Allow to cool before using.

For cocktail: Muddle lime juice, syrup, blackberries, mint, and blueberry juice. Add gin and ice. Shake and strain into a glass with ice.

Recipe adapted from Cynthia Dea / KCET



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