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Cocktail Tea Party

COCKTAIL TEA PARTY

For a tea party with a difference, serve up these tea cocktail recipes in tea sets. Pair up with complementary cakes for the finishing touch

EARL GREY & ELDERFLOWER MARTEANI

The classic gin martini is given a high tea twist

RECIPE

A double measure (50ml) of gin
A double measure (50ml) of strong Earl Grey tea, chilled
1 egg white
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tsp elderflower liqueur or cordial
2 tsp sugar syrup
Handful of ice cubes

Lemon slices to garnish

METHOD

Put all of the ingredients, except the lemon garnish, into a cocktail shaker.

Shake well and strain into a teapot, and serve into individual teacups decorated with a lemon garnish.

CAKE PAIRING

The zesty sweetness of lemon drizzle cake picks out the citrussy bergamot notes in this Earl Grey cocktail beautifully

Colourful tea cups and a shortbread biscuit

TROPICAL CHAI TAI

Enjoy a spicy new take on the Mai Tai

RECIPE

Double measure (50ml) strong chai tea, chilled
Double measure (50ml) spiced dark rum
1 tbsp almond syrup or orgeat
Juice of half a lime
Orange juice to top up

Maraschino cherries to garnish

METHOD

In a cocktail shaker, combine the chai, rum, almond or orgeat syrup and lime juice.

Place ice cubes into mismatched teacups and pour mai tai chai into each, topping up with pineapple juice – garnish with a maraschino cherry.

CAKE PAIRING

Combine the sweet and spicy flavours of this cocktail with the richness of fruit cake

Rabbit tea strainer and yellow tea cup and saucer

GREEN TEA MOJITO

This tea-jito pairs fresh mint leaves with smooth green tea

RECIPE

2tsp brown sugar
2 lime quarters
A sprig of fresh mint
Double measure (50ml) white rum
75ml strong green tea, chilled
Crushed ice

Another sprig of mint to garnish

METHOD

Muddle the sugar, lime quarters and mint at the bottom of a mug. Add a little crushed ice, and pour over the green tea and white rum.

Garnish with a mint sprig.

CAKE PAIRING

Key lime pie makes a delicious accompaniment to this refreshing tea-based mojito