If you’re a regular reader of A Literary Cocktail then you will know that I’m partial to a tipple, and I really love a good cocktail. So when Fortnum & Mason asked me if I’d like to create a tea-infused cocktail using one of their tea collections, I jumped at the chance!
I’m pretty much in love with everything Fortnum & Mason are involved with, and their tea selection is incredible. I decided to use the Malshanger Estate English Camomile Infusion Tea as I thought this would create a really unique cocktail; camomile is not something you see very often on an alcoholic drinks menu.
I just had to use gin as it’s my favourite spirit; you can’t beat a gin cocktail! So, over the weekend I set myself up in the kitchen and experimented with flavours (all in the name of blogging, of course) and tried out a few different ideas before settling on the below recipe. I really hope you love it and I’d love to hear what you think if you make it at home!
How to make an English Camomile Gin Fizz
- English Camomile Infusion Tea – Fortnum & Mason
- Original Gin, I used Hortus Artisan London Dry Gin- Lidl (yes, Lidl!) but any good quality gin should work, as long as it is not flavoured as this will overpower the camomile scent.
- Tonic Water
- One lemon
- The star of the English Camomile Gin Fizz is the Camomile, so the first step is to infuse the gin with the aroma of chamomile. To do this, place one English Chamomile teabag into a cup of gin, and leave to infuse in the fridge for about an hour.
- After an hour, the gin should have a golden-yellow colour and the scent of camomile will be present after you remove and throw away the teabag.
- To garnish the glass, mix lemon juice and sugar together on a small plate, and dip the rim of a martini-style cocktail glass into the mixture. Alternatively, rub a lemon onto the rim and dip into sugar.
- Pour one measure of chamomile-infused gin into the glass.
- Add a squeeze of the lemon, and pour in the tonic water.
- Finally, add lemon peel to garnish.