During this Sunday's season four premiere of Downton Abbey, fill your finest glassware with this cocktail: the Earl of Grey-tham. Based loosely off of a gin sour, the cocktail contains London dry gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and an Earl Grey simple syrup. Expect a slightly herbaceous, zesty flavor with a lingering bergamot orange aftertaste. Go ahead and set that shaker up for a second round . . .
- For Earl Grey simple syrup:
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 Earl Grey tea bag
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- For cocktail:
- 1 3/4 ounces London dry gin
- 3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 ounce Earl Grey tea simple syrup
- Orange peel, for garnish
- To make Earl Grey simple syrup: In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil over high heat. Cover with a lid to prevent evaporation. Once water reaches a boil, turn off heat and add tea bag. Steep for 4 minutes. Add sugar, and turn on heat once again. Stir occasionally, and cook until sugar melts completely. Remove from heat, and set to cool. Once cool, remove tea bag.
- To make cocktail: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, lemon juice, and Earl Grey syrup. Shake vigorously for 10 to 20 seconds.
- Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel.
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