While looking for a cocktail recipe that was: a) sweet, and b) full of tea goodness, I came across this one adapted from the David’s Tea website.
And what a cocktail it was.
If you have never made simple syrup with loose-leaf tea, let alone tea comprised of dried herbs and chunks of fruit, you’ve been missing out. Think of the sheer joy of leaning over the counter at your favourite tea store, taking in fruity lungfuls of whichever tea canister you’ve buried your face in. Then add alcohol.
These Tea-Infused Raspberry Mojito Gin Fizz cocktails take the best parts of summer sipping and create a delicious mix to enjoy on the patio (which the boyfriend and I did) or late at night while you’re coding or watching BuzzFeed videos (guilty again).
The raspberry mojito loose-leaf tea is a joy unto itself, especially when it’s transformed into a thick, sweet syrup. Then we add some gin from a funky blue bottle―though any gin will do―and top it with a splash of lemon juice to counteract the sweetness in just the right way, and finally a few glugs of lime sparkling water to really recreate the mojito taste.
For a fun pop of colour, I threw in a few frozen raspberries on top to act as small edible ice cubes for the tea-infused raspberry mojito gin fizz cocktails. You can garnish with a lime wedge or fresh mint leaves if you wish. You also
need can use a fancy glass to really up the holy-gosh-this-is-the-best-cocktail-ever feeling.
But that’s optional. 😉
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Total Cost = $6.95 (Budget breakdown below recipe)
- 1 cup near-boiling water
- ¼ cup raspberry mojito tea**
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- About 40 frozen raspberries (10 per cocktail)
- 8 oz. raspberry mojito syrup (2 oz. per cocktail)
- 4 oz. lemon juice*** (1 oz. per cocktail)
- 4 oz. gin (1 oz. per cocktail, or more!)
- Lime sparkling water, to fill****
- Fresh mint (optional)
- Using a steeping ball or mug set, steep the loose-leaf tea in the near-boiling water for 10 minutes. Add sugar and stir well into dissolved. Pour into a jar and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- In each glass, slightly muddle frozen raspberries, syrup, lemon juice and gin. Add in about 4-6 ice cubes each, then fill with lime sparkling water.
- Add a sprig of mint and a few frozen raspberry to top, if desired.
**I used David's Tea loose-leaf Raspberry Mojito tea, but any type of raspberry loose-leaf tea is fine.
***Bottled or fresh works.
****I used Lime Perrier.
Adapted from David’s Tea.
1 cup near-boiling water = FREE!
1/4 cup raspberry mojito tea = $3.00
3/4 cup granulated sugar = $0.25
About 40 frozen raspberries = $0.50
8 oz. raspberry mojito syrup = Price listed above.
4 oz. lemon juice = $0.10
4 oz. gin = $2.00
Ice = FREE!
Lime sparkling water, to fill = About $1.00
Fresh mint (optional)