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
- 1 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