With so much variety and unlimited characteristics, tea has the potential to impart new depths of flavour to any drink. It can be infused with spirits to make cocktails, steeped then frozen for granitas added to punches or simply cold brewed to make a refreshing iced tea. The possibilities are truly endless and we invite you to explore. You can use any type of tea you like in cocktail making, although some teas are best suited to certain types of champagnes and spirits than others. View our recommended pairings below or try our recipes.
A robust black tea such as our Royal Breakfast pairs perfectly well with white or amber spirits because it has the strongest flavour notes. Flavoured black tea such as our Staunton Earl Grey is particularly good for infusing with gin as the notes of neroli and bergamot inherent within the tea perfectly complement the herbal profile of gin.
Oolongs are smooth, mellow and buttery in their characteristics. Flavoured oolongs such as our Pomegranate & Hibiscus Oolong or Mint Oolong can make a superb base for drinks. Using spirits such as vodka are ideal when using oolongs, for they allow the subtle flavour notes to come through.
With its grassy and light flavour profile, green tea is delicious on its own as an iced tea or combined with other spirits such as gin or whisky in a cocktail. Flavoured green teas such as our Sencha Sakura or Jasmine Pearls each make an ideal base as they impart a sweet, floral aroma once infused.
It is best to use a blended white tea when making cocktails to allow for the flavour notes to come through. Our Blend 68 for example is a sweet, fruity blend of fruit pieces, making it an excellent choice for a champagne cocktail, tea infused bourbon or a non-smoky whisky.
SUMMER DRINK RECIPES
An elegant cocktail with an abundance of fruit and floral notes
The East India Company Blend 68 6 tsp
The East India Company Hibiscus Cordial to taste
Champagne demi-sec 1 bottle
4 glacé cherries
Brew the Blend 68 White Tea by placing the tea into a 1 litre teapot. Infuse with boiling water, filling the pot only halfway. Stand for 4 minutes then strain into a jug. Leave to chill in the fridge. Once chilled, add a handful of ice cubes and Hibiscus Cordial to taste, stir well and strain into another jug. Add in bottle of demi-sec Champagne. Pour straight into chilled flutes pre-prepared with a cherry at the bottom. Finish with a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice and a curl of lemon rind to garnish.
A touch of creamy sweet fruit flavours to delight the senses and evoke the excitement of a first romance.
The East India Company First Romance Tea
The East India Company Victoria Plum Extra Jam 4 large tsp
Pressed apple juice 100ml
Freshly squeezed lemon juice 40ml
A twist of orange
Place half a teaspoon of First Romance tea into 150ml of freshly boiled water. Brew for 3 minutes, strain into another glass and leave to cool. Once cooled, pour into a shaker along with the vodka, pressed apple juice, lemon juice and jam. Add a handful of ice cubes and shake it extra hard to disperse the jam. Once shaken, strain into 4 martini glasses. Garnish with a heart shaped dried orange.
THE EAST INDIA PUNCH
A flavourful combination of whole fruit pieces and a signature tea from The East India Company, The Staunton Earl Grey fine black leaf tea.
The East India Company Staunton Earl Grey Tea 4 tsp
London Dry Gin 300ml
The East India Company Victoria Plum Extra Jam 3 tbsp
Prosecco or sparkling white wine 400ml
Freshly squeezed lemon juice 80ml
Pour the gin into a mixer and add 4 tsp of The East India Company Staunton Earl Grey loose leaf tea. Leave to infuse for 20 minutes. Strain into a shaker and add the lemon juice and The East India Company Victoria Plum Extra Jam. Shake well. Pour the mixture into a punch bowl, add a handful of ice, prosecco, lemonade and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Stir well and garnish with half slices of strawberries and thin slices of oranges and lemon. Serve with highball glasses.
MINT OOLONG & ROSE GRANITA
Light and fragrant, yet refreshing on the palate.
The East India Company Mint Oolong Tea
The East India Company Rose Cordial 40ml
Freshly squeezed lime juice 30ml
Brew the Mint Oolong tea by placing 4 tsp of loose leaf tea into 420ml of water heated to 75-80 degrees. Brew for 4 minutes. Strain the tea into a shallow freezer proof dish and stir in the Rose Cordial and lime juice. Cover and place directly in the freezer. After 40 minutes, remove the dish and fork through the now freezing contents to distribute the ice crystals throughout the remaining liquid. Repeat the process until only the small ice crystals remain. Scoop into your choice of glass, garnish with a sprig of mint and a straw.