As it’s the weekend and it is officially holiday season I thought I would share a little cocktail with you. After the success of my Golden Jasmine Martini and seeing this double page article in The Independent (The Washer Up’s dad sends me all food & drink related articles, thanks Jim!), it had to be with tea. Apparently cocktails made with tea are the next big thing.
The English summer garden party was all about people drinking cocktails out of flowery teacups. The Royal Tea cocktail created for the Royal Wedding in April was with Beefeater gin, chilled Earl Grey tea, lemon, sugar & lime.
Being more of a vodka girl myself it was a toss-up between a Flirtini and a Cosmopolitan. I chose the Flirtini because of the use of cava/champagne. I do love bubbles and it is nearly Christmas.
Influenced by the beautiful hibiscus plant on our roof terrace that greets me with fresh new blooms every morning and the fact that I bought a box of Hibiscus & Rosehip Tea in the one euro bins in Alcampo supermarket, Hibiscus tea it was.
The Cosmopolitan is definitely next on the list though, especially because of the hibiscus tea’s similarity, in both colour and flavour, to cranberry juice.
Pink Hibiscus Flirtini
- about 150 ml brewed, strained hibiscus & rosehip tea, left to cool
- 2 or 3 shots vodka
- a handful of ice
Put your glasses in the freezer to chill. Put the ice in a cocktail shaker along with the strained, cooled tea and the vodka. Shake well and pour into the chilled glasses. Top up with chilled cava. Serve immediately.
Be creative and try adapting your favourite cocktails to include an appropriate tea. Alli at Pease Pudding has a gorgeous looking Velvet Berry Tea Rum Slushy. I’m thinking a Mint Tea Mojito….
I’m sure you will enjoy yourself trying, have a great weekend!!