A trip to the liquor store will reveal a (slightly disturbing) new trend: flavored vodkas. Sure, there’s been raspberry Stoli for years, but whipped cream flavored vodka? Bubble gum flavored vodka? Swedish fish? It all sounds so overly sweet to me.
It seemed easy enough to me to flavor my own non-artificially flavored, overly sugary vodka, and sure enough it is. I’ve long been obsessed with the bergamot-goodness that is Earl Grey tea and it seemed perfect for creating a simple cocktail. I use agave nectar because, unlike honey, it dissolves easily in cold liquids.
Alex called this take on a sparkling chilled tea “refreshing” and then stole the drink from me as soon as I was done taking photos. I hope you enjoy it that much.
earl grey vodka
makes 2 cups
2 bags good quality earl grey tea
2 cups vodka
Carefully tear open the tea bags and pour the contents into a small jar or air-tight container. Pour the vodka over the tea, seal the container, and shake gently until the contents are combined. Set aside and let steep for at least 24 hours, depending on the desired strength. Strain the tea leaves out and store in an air-tight container for up to one year.
earl grey with a twist cocktail
makes 1 cocktail
1 ¼ ounces (1 shot) earl grey vodka
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 ½ teaspoons agave nectar
2 ½ ounces (2 shots) club soda
Add the earl grey vodka, lemon juice and agave nectar to a small glass. Stir until the agave nectar has completely dissolved. Add a few ice cubes and pour the club soda into the class. Serve chilled.