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This Earl Grey Martini will have you feeling like you’re sat in a swanky cocktail bar in the comfort of your own home. Impress your guests with a liquid dessert, or even treat yourself at the end of a long day. Made with gin, fresh lemon juice, and, of course, earl grey tea.
Since this cocktail has tea in it, is it acceptable to have with my toast in the morning? I think I’d be way more productive starting my day off on such a wonderful note. This marTEAni (I’m so sorry, you know I had to make that pun) is so aromatic, it’s citrusy, and perfectly complements the gin.
If you’re not a fan of gin, I’d still give this cocktail a try. I’ll be honest, gin is not up there on my list of favorites. In fact, it’s all the way down at the bottom of the list. But, this cocktail makes it to the top of my list! I LOVE IT!
The balance of flavors in this cocktail, is incredible! I could sip on it all day long. If you still aren’t a fan of gin, give it a try with some vodka instead, though trust me, you won’t even taste the gin.
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- Garnish – Lemon juice, sugar, and a twist of lemon peel.
- Earl grey tea – Use your favorite brand – loose leaf or bagged.
- Gin – Any type you like best.
- Lemon juice – Fresh is always best.
- Egg white – Fresh or from a carton.
- Simple syrup – You can also just shake in some granulated sugar.
How to make an earl grey martini
- Prep: Prepare the martini glass. Add the lemon juice to separate small shallow plates. Dip the rim of the martini glass in the lemon juice, then in the sugar to coat
- Shake: Add the cocktail ingredients to a cocktail shaker and secure the lid. Shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Strain into the prepared martini glass and garnish with a twist of lemon peel.
How to properly brew strong tea
For this recipe, we don’t want to flavor of the tea to be watered down. As the namesake, we want that earl grey flavor to stand out!
Many people mistakenly brew strong tea by letting it steep longer than the package instructions. This will release too many tanins in your tea giving it a bitter flavor that dries out your mouth. We can’t waste perfectly good gin on that!
To brew strong tea without making it bitter, use twice the amount of tea as directed for the same amount of time as directed. This will give you plenty of flavor without pulling out too many tanins.
How to make simple syrup
If you can’t find simple syrup at your grocery store, try your local coffee shop. Sometimes they’ll have a wall of syrups to choose from. You can also make your own at home easily!
Add equal amounts water and granulated sugar to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir often, and heat just until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the syrup cool for 10-20 minutes before using it.
Why egg whites in an earl grey martini?
I’m sure some of you read the raw egg white in the recipe and recoiled a bit. Fear not! If you really don’t want to use egg white in your cocktail, feel free to leave it out. You’re the boss of your own kitchen after all!
The bacteria that can make you sick doesn’t come from the inside of the egg, rather from the outside of the shell. To mitigate this issue, you can use cartoned egg whites or pasteurize your eggs before using them.
The egg whites are what will give you that gorgeous foam on top of your martini. It also gives the drink a bit of a creamier sip and goes hand in hand to balance out the acidic lemon.
How to pasteurize eggs
To pasteurize your own eggs, you will need an instant-read thermometer or a sous vide. Bring the water to 140F, and make sure it does not go higher than 145F. Keep a close eye on the thermometer. Add room-temperature eggs to the heated water and let them sit for 5 minutes. Rinse with cold water, and voila! Your eggs are ready to use.
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- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon sugar (granulated or superfine)
- lemon wedges (or twist of lemon peel)
- 1 ½ ounce earl grey tea (brewed strong*)
- 1 ½ ounce gin
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- ½ ounce egg white
- 1 ½ ounce simple syrup
- ½ cup ice
- Prepare the martini glass. Add the lemon juice and sugar to separate small shallow plates. Dip the rim of the martini glass in the lemon juice, then in the sugar to coat
- Add the cocktail ingredients to a cocktail shaker and secure the lid. Shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Strain into the prepared martini glass and garnish with a twist of lemon peel.
- *Strong brewed earl grey tea: To avoid bitter tea and, as a result, a bitter cocktail, brew your tea for the amount of time stated in the instructions, but use twice as much tea as directed. Do not brew your tea longer than instructed or it will release to many tanins giving it a drying and unpleasant bitterness.
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