How to Make Tea-Infused Gin

Published April 18, 2022
Crystal glass with an infusion of red tea

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons loose leaf or 3 tea bags of preferred tea flavor
  • 750mL gin
  • Two large clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large clean bottle or jar, add the loose leaf tea or tea bags, and gin.
  2. Securely close the bottles or jars and give the mix a gentle swirl.
  3. Store the containers in a cool, dark place for approximately 3 to 4 days, being sure to give the containers a swirl each day.
  4. After the appropriate days have passed, sample the infusion by pouring a sip into a glass. If you want more flavor, allow the tea infusion to steep longer.
  5. If there's enough flavor, carefully remove the tea bags, if used, and discard them.
  6. Funnel the infused gin into the second clean bottle, filtering with the cheesecloth to remove any tea.
  7. Carefully seal. You can enjoy the tea-infused gin right away.

You can store unused infused gin in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dark place for approximately one to two years before the quality diminishes. Do take care to dispose of when the flavor starts to fade or tastes "off."

Variations of Tea-Infused Gin

With notes of juniper already pairing with your tea, you don't need to stop there. Add floral, fruit, or even savory notes to your tea infusion.

  • If you're using darker or richer teas, including early grey, black, or breakfast, consider adding a tablespoon or two of coarsely chopped dark chocolate or whole coffee beans.
  • For fruit-forward or citrus-style tea flavors, you can add a half or full cup of fresh berries cut in halves, such as blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries, or hulled and sliced strawberries.
  • Add a quarter to a half cup of maple syrup or honey to make a sweeter tea infusion.
  • Play off of the botanical gin notes and include three to four sprigs of fresh lavender, or if you're using dried lavender buds, then add a tablespoon. A tablespoon of dried elderflower also adds a soft floral touch.
  • Toss in citrus notes for added complexity by using two to three whole, sliced lemons, limes, or tangerines. Likewise, you can use a whole, sliced orange.

Tea-Infused Gin Cocktails

There are plenty of modern and traditional cocktails that'll benefit from the botanical flavors of tea gin.

White Tea French 75

White Tea French 75

The rich notes of white tea are an excellent match to the bright flavors of the bubbles in this riff on the French 75.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Chill a champagne flute.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, white tea gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Top off with prosecco.
  6. Garnish with lemon ribbon.

Earl Grey Martini

Earl Grey Martini

If Earl Grey isn't your favorite of the tea flavors, you can make this tea gin martini with any flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2½ ounces Earl Grey infused-gin
  • ¾ ounce dry vermouth
  • ¼ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Lemon peel for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a mixing glass, add ice, Earl Grey gin, dry vermouth, and lemon juice.
  3. Stir rapidly to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with lemon peel.

Raspberry Tea Smash

Raspberry Tea Smash

Don't underestimate just how much flavor a fruit-tea can pack into a single sip, but go ahead and emphasize those notes with freshly muddled fruit.

Ingredients

  • 4-6 fresh raspberries
  • 2-3 lime wedges
  • 2 ounces fruit tea-infused gin
  • ¾ ounce orange liqueur
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Raspberry, lime slice, and mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle raspberries and lime wedges with simple syrup.
  2. Add ice, tea gin, orange liqueur, and lemon juice.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  5. Garnish with raspberry, lime slice, and mint sprig.

Green Tea Gimlet

Cocktail with sweet lime slice

Sometimes the gimlet is missing just a touch of balance to all that sour; thankfully, the green tea flavors counter with earthy notes.

Ingredients

  • 2½ ounces green tea-infused gin
  • ¾ freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, tea gin, lime juice, and simple syrup.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with lime wedge.

Mixers for Tea Gin Drinks

If you're someone that doesn't add anything to their tea, you may want just a mixer or two so you don't lose any of that flavor. Consider one of these.

  • Coconut water
  • Tonic water
  • Plain club soda
  • Flavored club soda, such as vanilla, coconut, lime, lemon, orange, or berry
  • Honey
  • Lemon juice
  • Cherry juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Orange liqueur

A Toast to Tea-Infused Gin

Nurture your love of tea with tea-infused gin. Whether you add a splash to your tonic water in place of your evening cup of tea, or you enjoy the gin with a bit of honey and warm water as a brunch drink, gin tea is the unsung hero of infused spirits.

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