High-Tea Cocktail

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom pods
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 (1-inch) piece ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 3 bags black tea (preferably English breakfast or orange pekoe)
  • 6 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 5 dashes orange bitters
  • Orange and/or lemon twists, for garnish
Directions

Toast the cardamom pods in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add 3 cups water, the sugar and ginger and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the mixture is reduced to 2 cups, about 10 minutes.

Strain the syrup into a glass measuring cup; if you have less than 2 cups syrup, add hot water. Add the tea bags and steep, about 3 minutes. Discard the bags and cool the syrup to room temperature (don't squeeze the bags or the syrup will taste tannic).

Combine the syrup, gin, vermouth and bitters in a large cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frothy, about 15 seconds, then pour into a pitcher filled with ice. Garnish with orange and/or lemon twists.

Photograph by Stephanie Foley

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